My name is Ellie and I am a summer camp-a-holic! I have worked at an all-girls sleep-away camp in Connecticut for the past two summers, and I am now gearing up to spend my third summer in the USA.
When I first applied to go to camp, I searched for hours (to little avail) to find out more about what to expect, different roles at camp, where to work and most importantly, what to pack!! Apart from the agency websites, I found little of the information that I required. Which is what brings me here today – to spread the camp love, and to try and give people an idea of why they should go to camp, and what to expect when they get there.
Over the past two years at camp, I have had two different roles. My first role was as a Ropes Counselor, which I LOVED! It involved climbing the tower, sending kids down the zip-line and monkeying around on high ropes courses. During my second year at camp, I decided to try a new activity to keep things fresh. I returned as the Mountain Bikes counselor which was a blast! The amount of things you can do on a bike is endless, from Bike Polo to Bike Dancing – there was never a dull moment at this activity!
This year I am going to be returning to our brother camp, just a short bus ride (yellow school bus, of course) away from my beloved girls camp where I will be working in the Office.
Here is a little bit more about me:
- Eating (mostly anything).
- Fancy dress.
- The Office (U.S.) – Dwight Schrute ❤
- Animal documentaries – David Attenborough is GOD!
- CAMP (of course).
- Tracking Oscar the shark on my Ocearch shark tracker app.
- Seeing that people from all over the world are viewing my blog.
- Collecting 50p coins.
- Being hungry.
- Rainy days.
- Reople who are late.
- Leaving camp when summer is over.
- The lack of sunlight in England during the winter.
Three items I would never go to camp without:
- A torch.
- Crocs (some call me Ellie, some call me the Fashion Queen).
- Tweezers (I may not brush my hair all summer, but even I draw the line at rocking a unibrow).
My favourite camp memory is…
Every year at camp, the girls compete against the boys on Water Sports day. The day is made up of tons of different swimming races, relays, a long distance swim, a blobbing competition, and the main event: WAR CANOE. The girls are great swimmers and work super hard during their morning swim practices, so the girls camp OBVIOUSLY won Water Sports day 2015. I never doubted we would. However, the boys won War Canoe. This is a canoe race both teams take part in, and the campers have to try out for the team. Practice is VERY intense, and it is a huge honour to be part of the team.
So Water Sports day 2016 came around and the girls were smashing the boys in all of the swimming races. War canoe was the final event of the day, and the girls set off. The girls had now not won the race for 18 YEARS!!! It seemed impossible, especially when the boys are so much bigger and stronger than the girls. However, the girls had practised hard and were looking good. They were moving fast and their turns were perfect. THE GIRLS WON WAR CANOE!!!!!!! The whole of the girls camp were screaming and cheering in celebration, and that will definitely be a hard memory to top!
My favourite camp song/cheer is…
‘GO BANANAS, GO GO BANANAS!’
My favourite camp food is…
Ice cream sundaes, with whipped cream, hot caramel sauce, gummy bears, crushed Oreo’s, chocolate sprinkles and marshmallow fluff! YUMMY!