Heading to camp this summer and feelin’
a little freaked out about what you’ll find once ya get off the
bus? It’s time to bust those fears so you can have a summer you’ll
I have no idea what to pack!
Although you may be tempted to stuff
your entire summer wardrobe into your duffel bag, chances are you
won’t need half of it. Whatever you bring runs the risk of getting
dirty, wet or torn, so leave the flirty sundresses at home and opt
for athletic or denim shorts and simple tees instead. Also, make sure
you’ve got a raincoat and layers for all types of weather. As for
makeup? Save for some chapstick and maybe waterproof mascara, you
probably won’t need it. That’ll save space for the sunscreen and
Insider tip: Some camps have dances
or special dinners at the end of a session. They should let ya know
what you need to pack (like a white dress or fancy shoes) before you
I’m afraid I won’t make any
friends. I’m shy!
The cool thing about summer camp is
that the majority of the girls you’ll be living with don’t have a
set group of friends yet, either. Your best bet is to get on the bus
with confidence and strike up a conversation with that girl sitting
next to you. A big smile and a friendly “Hey, what’s your name?”
or “Where are you from?” should do the trick!
Insider tip: Take a lesson from The
Parent Trap. Bringing tasty treats to share, a pack of cards or
another fun thing could help ya strike up a conversation. Do
make sure to follow camp rules, though.
I’m glued to my cell phone. How
can I deal without it?
Most camps request that you don’t
bring your cell phone, laptop or other electronics, so it’s time
say see-ya-later to Facebook. If the idea of being disconnected all
summer has ya buggin’, remember that everyone else is unplugged,
too, and there’s no better opportunity to make friendships off
Insider tip: We bet your days will
be so packed, you won’t even notice the difference, so sign off
with a smile, sweetie.
My swimming skills are subpar.
Worried you won’t pass the swimming
test? Scared of heights? Don’t have that natural knack for
paper-mâché? Stress less, girlie! You don’t have to be perfect at
everything that’s thrown at you as long as you’re having fun.
Plus, your camp pals will totally be willing to help you master any
Insider tip: If you do happen to
fall short, just laugh it off and no one will give it a second
thought. Remember, even if you have to retake the swim test, you
won’t be the only one.
What if I get too homesick?
Since summer camp forces you to break
out of your comfort zone, wishing you had Mom or your bestie by your
side is understandable. But homesickness shouldn’t keep you for
having an awesome time. Be sure to keep yourself occupied with all
sorts of fun activities like kayaking on the lake or archery. If
you’re loaded up with interesting stuff to do, you won’t have a
second to miss home and you may even start wishing you didn’t have
to leave camp so soon.
Insider tip: The ‘rents and your
girls will be psyched to get postcards from you telling them all
about the amazing summer you’re having. Get scribblin’!
BY RHEA RAMAKRISHNAN ON 5/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN get outside, summer