17 Oct 2015

Summer camp.

Those that know me would probably never ever have predicted that I would have lived in a cabin with 12 x 13 year old girls for 8 weeks over the summer period. I'm normally that person who is spending her summer at music festivals and blogging about it, but not this year. 
I headed out to the states on the 8th June and spent a day and night in New York City. After we rushed around all of the tourist attractions you can think of, we were on the coach heading to the middle of nowhere in Connecticut where I'd stay until 24th August. I was anxious to be away from everything I've ever known for such a long amount of time but so excited to try something new. 
It's hard to explain to anyone who hasn't experienced camp exactly what it's like. But I'm going to try. It's the hardest job you'll ever love. It's intense, yet 100% worth it. Seeing your campers succeed, make new friends, and learn all about girl power is heartwarming. You can learn a lot from an American teenage girl, believe it or not. And they learn a lot from you, too. Whilst learning about yourself all at the same time. I realised that you just cannot take life too seriously. It's far too short for me to stay in Cleethorpes working 9-5 for the rest of my life. There's too much to see and experience for me to settle for the day to day lifestyle.
Camp gives you the opportunity to become a role model to some amazing young ladies, meet people from all over the globe, be silly and not be judged for it. It allows you to be independent and responsible. Camp allows you to teach and be taught all in the same environment whilst making friends for life. Being taken away from everything you know and have ever known can be pretty dam terrifying when you think about it. But when you actually do it, you'll realise it's the best thing you could ever do. To be surrounded by like-minded people, away from technology and away from the hustle and bustle of real life, well, you just can't get any better than that.
Really, you can't.
I will always hold a small place in my heart for Camp Chinqueka, and all of the lovely ladies I had the opportunity to live and learn with over my time there.
Until next time!
"True friends and memories, will always be cherished. Chinqueka we sing to thee."

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