Be a summer camp superstar
From the minute you step on the bus, it’s show time. We don’t want you to be fake, but being more outgoing than you usually are under ordinary circumstances will help you meet new people. Hello, insta-friend!
Show ‘n’ tell
Pack a few things you can share with your cabin crew, like a deck of cards or Uno, or something that’s guaranteed to spark a conversation, like the crazy lookin’ stuffed animal you and your bestie stitched up during the school year. Got munchies? Bring enough so ya can pass ‘em around your first night there.
Wondering how a chica managed such a fab waterfall braid? Dying to score one darlin’s tips on building the ultimate popsicle stick mansion? Don’t hesitate—ask away! Your newfound friends will love that you noticed and appreciated what they do, and they’ll be happy to show you how.
So you’re awesome at beach volleyball—that’s great. But just ‘cause you’re the superstar of the spike set doesn’t mean you can’t dabble in other areas, too. Sign up for activities you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t, even if you think you might be truly terrible. Even if you start at the bottom of the heap, you’ll get better and better with practice…and we bet you’ll meet lotsa new buds along the way.
Put a smile on
No one wants to get chummy with a Debby Downer, so perk up that pout, why don’t ya?! Slapping a smile on your face, even if you’re feelin’ a little homesick, will show strangers that you’re approachable and friendly. How’s that for easy?
No camper left behind
Cliques at school are a major bummer, but leaving a chica in the dust at camp? Now that’s unforgivable. If you see one sweetie flyin’ solo, stride on over and see if she wants to buddy up. You’ve got nothing to lose…and a new BFF to gain.
Laugh it off
Embarrassing moments happen, hun, so don’t sweat it. Pick yourself up, take a bow and move on—but don’t forget to yuk it up. After all, everyone loves a lady who can laugh at herself.
OK, summer camp pros! What are your best survival secrets?