CAMP COUNSELLOR SURVIVAL GUIDE

Even Becky’s need a summer job…

If there’s anything The Parent Trap taught us, despite the fact that peanut butter and Oreos together tastes like utter sh*t (admit it- you tried it) it’s that our dying wish would be to go to summer camp and find our long lost twin and live happily ever after. However, not all of us are as lucky as Hallie and Annie.  

(Or maybe we are… because we’re not actually Lindsey Lohan… who knows.)

As this Becky is a pro cabin counsellor and spends many of her morning walks to get her iced soy vanilla latte reminiscing over days gone by, I thought I’d help you out. 

YOUR ACCENT IS CUTE (if you’re from England) (If you’re Scottish, have fun)

I know you don’t think you have one. You do. Get over it. Embrace it. Move on. Next point please.

IT’S OKAY TO BE INTIMIDATED BY 12 YEAR OLDS

I remember seeing my 15 year old campers walking off their bus into camp. These mini Becky’s looked fresh out of a VS Pink catalogue with nose highlight, contour on fleek and legs at least a good 5 inches longer than mine. I felt like a Cady Heron amongst a crowd of Regina’s and committed myself to thinking I really would be spending my lunchtimes eating alone in the toilet. 

But then, as the days went by, I realised these perfect angels were actually my baby Becky protigees from across the pond. By the end of the summer these girls were wing woman-ing me with every hottie lamottie with the swimmers body (COUNSELLORS) that were out there. Just like getting your acrylics done, it just takes time. 

SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK (and the fortunate) 

Camps like mornings. You don’t like mornings. You thought you liked mornings when you woke up on your satin pillowcase, ready to grab your extra strong coffee and sass your way to go squat out your troubles, but you don’t at camp. But you have to. You’ll have had no sleep, because the 10th grade gossip is so0o0o much more exciting than any part of you’re own life and this sudden exposure to real (not that sh*t we get in the tanning beds) sun is draining you. But get up. Be boujee and sass your way through the day, sipping on the awful excuse of coffee in the dining room. 

 

PARTICIPATION IS YOUR JOB

Yo if you came to camp thinking you wouldn’t have to do stuff, you’re wrong. Camp is great because you get PAID to PLAY. Get over your princess-y self for a few months and get down and dirty and play flag football with your bunk. Think of it as anger management to try and help you deal with being trapped in the same area for 3 months with the same 23 attractive boys.

STOP CARING HOW YOU LOOK

Besides the pre-dance makeover sessions your campers will give you to make sure you look on fleek to go dance the Macarena in a sweaty tent for 3 hours, ditch the looks. Give your hair that much needed break from bleach and heat and rock the French braids as if Anthony Joshua was about to let you step inside the boxing ring. 

SAY GOODBYE TO SNAPCHAT STREAKS

Limit yourself to one #camp #cabinlife #bestsummerever Instagram a month. Seriously, the data is expensive, the wifi is sh*t and you actually get to TALK to people when you ditch your phone. And always remember, your life is far too exciting and fabulous to be recording it for losers sat at home anyway.

 

YOU CAN DO A LOT WITH A COLOURED T SHIRT

When college week and olympics come about, use all the Pinterest skills inside of you to turn a plain white t-shirt from the holy land (aka Walmart) into the sassiest sports day outfit you ever did see. Oh, and just remember… that coloured paint stains. 

 

TAKE ALONE TIME

You’re gunna go Britney 2007 shaved head crazy if you don’t separate yourself from the hustle of camp every now and then. Go for a walk, go for a run… go climb up the high ropes course with no harness or helmet and see if anyone even cares. Just try and remember to take some time to focus on the most important person ever… yourself. 

CAMPERS TALK

They talk, they hear and they REPEAT.  f you give a wink to the high ropes boy from B7-1 on your way to get your milk and cookies, the kids will be planning your wedding before you’ve got to the bottom of the carton. (I didn’t necessarily say this was a bad thing)

IT’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT, SO MAKE IT ROCK

As the queen herself once said, ‘life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock’ camp really is what you want it to be. Becky’s need a break every now and then and summer camp is the way to do it. Fulfil your childhood dreams, get a killer tan and gain about 50 more Instagram followers and your summer is complete.

 

xoxo Becky

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