Get Ready for an Adventure!
The temperature is rising, the birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom and summer is on the horizon. Whether it’s your first or 21st summer heading to camp, there are a lot of necessary preparations to be made. There’s packing your belongings, spreading the word to all your friends, and of course getting excited! Here are some tips and tricks for getting prepared to leave for the summer:
Not everyone loves packing and we completely understand. We love the excitement of getting ready and that feeling of when it sinks in that CAMP IS ALMOST HERE! Packing is a process that is necessary for every trip, but one that can be tedious and tiresome. So let’s make it fun! Make it a family project and pack well in advance. Once you’re ready to begin, you should lay out all clothing you will need by following the camp packing list (which you can find here.) Once you’ve packed the basics and covered everything on the list, you can then determine what’s missing from there and make the necessary purchases. And don’t forget to pack your wacky costumes for theme nights! (The Theme night calendar can be found here.)
Spreading the Word
One of the greatest parts about camp is being “removed” from the outside world. Having the ability to unplug is truly unique in today’s world, but unplugging does not mean disappearing without a trace. If you want people to write to you, or don’t want them to get upset when you don’t answer your phone, you need to get the word out that you’re going to camp all summer. One efficient way to do that is to create a social media post on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, or even all of them. Writing letters is a lost concept, so who wouldn’t be excited about a post saying “I’m going to camp…write to me!!”. You can also create pre-addressed labels to hand out to your friends making writing letters to you simple and easy.
Getting excited may sound like a simple and unnecessary task, but it’s actually the opposite. At camp, you get what you give; the more enthused and animated you are, the better your experience will be. A great way to get excited for the summer is to watch and re-watch camp videos and scroll through photos on facebook. Getting a glimpse of all the familiar faces and locations that you will be seeing really gets you psyched! Along the same lines, contacting your camp friends – new, old or even prospective – really helps remind you how much you love camp. Either reminiscing or anticipating together is always better than alone.
While all of these tasks are very important to being prepared for the summer, the most important is to remember that YOU’RE IN FOR THE SUMMER OF YOUR LIFE! We’ll see you soon!