Oh dear! I’m not very good at this it seems ahahaa!
It seems silly to have home in the title. I was only away for 3 months, I can hardly call America my home. But whilst I was there I suppose it was.
I’ll start from the beginning because it seems like the most reasonable place to start, but I can’t promise the rest of the writing will stay in chronological order because my brain doesn’t work that way…plus isn’t it more fun trying to work out what’s going on 😉
So this is my second time at a summer camp, it was my 3rd in two years and by far the best! I did it through a company called Camp America you should check them out, ESPECIALLY if you’re thinking of doing this for the first time! (https://www.campamerica.co.uk/)
This year my camp was in Becket, Massachusetts. In the Berkshire Mountains – which meant the weather wasn’t always spectacular….Oh my goodness, I can’t even start at the beginning properly…Good luck to you guys reading it -> it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Let’s restart…I was flown into Newark Airport and picked up by one of the American Camp America drivers and taken (with another girl) to the hotel they use, about half an hour away from the airport, to spend the night. I shared a room with 2 lovely girls, staying up ridiculously late chatting away and regretting it when we had to get up at 5am the next morning with wonderful jet lag. We were then driven to Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York and after wandering for about 2 hours to get food with nowhere to sit and VERY heavy bags, we headed off our separate ways to our camps.
(You’ve read this part before so you can skim it…) This year my camp was in Becket, Massachusetts. In the Berkshire Mountains – which meant the weather wasn’t always spectacular (…Okay new part…) When I got to my drop off and meeting point, it was already raining and cold. I thankfully wasn’t waiting long before a white mini-bus turned up and a smiling face stuck itself out of the window asking if I was Sam. I then met 2 people who played wonderfully important roles in my summer. A co-counsellor who became a very close friend and my Adventure Director, who quickly became an amazing and close friend and also ended up putting me as second in charge for the ropes course, which was an amazing feeling (jumping ahead a bit there though!).
I spent the next 11 weeks here. Making long lasting friends and memories I’ll never forget! It started with 2 weeks pre-camp where a handful of us were setting up the camp – sweeping, tidying and scraping and re-painting cabins. We had a few days off here and there and nights were spent bonding, watching movies and stargazing. Then we had orientation week, when the rest of the staff showed up! Then 7 loooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnngggggggggg (but amazing) weeks with the kids!!! Then the final week was spent with an under-privileged camp that came in to use our facilities, it was so inspiring.
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing my time with the kids was.
On our days off we did loads of cool things too! We went cliff jumping in a quarry, tubing down some rapids, tubing in the lake, we went to Boston, and we went shopping, It was just the most amazing experience in the world!
From there I headed out to LA. This was the most amazing and magical experience of my life. I was only here a week, but I did SO much! I walked up to the Hollywood sign, walked to the Wisdom Tree, Walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visited Santa Monica pier and beach, Muscle beach, Venice beach and rollerbladed down Venice Board walk, Saw the Venice Canals, saw and took a tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, went to a Thrift shop, Dance at Millennium Dance Complex (met YANNIS MARSHAL!) and I’m sure many more things that I just can’t remember at the moment!!!
Honestly this was the most amazing trip of my life. It’s been so hard trying to get back to real life when I’ve been living in a dream world for so long. I loved every minute of it.
If you want any advice on Camp America or want to share any experiences comment below ❤