What's it like
A typical day on this gap year project
8am - Rise and shine
Everyone knows about camp wake up, from the shrill tooting of the bugle to the firing of an actual cannon, it’s time to get up and get the say started.
8.30am - Flagpole and Morning meeting
Camp’s have years old traditions and your morning meeting is a great time experience some of the fantastic quirks that camp has. Get your announcements, do some fun morning stretches, celebrate birthdays and inter-camp team wins, it’s time to begin the day.
9am - Breakfast
For breakfast you will find almost every kind of food available and many of it will be a little strange; waffles, syrup and sausages? Dig in.
Many camps will have songs, graces or breakfast chants to get the kids excited for the day ahead.
10am to 12:30 - Activities
If you're a general camp counselor you will take the campers to their scheduled activities (you'll often get to join in.) As an activity specialist you will spend the morning teaching the campers. If there is a period when you aren't leading your activity then you will be able to join back up with your group at an activity to help out.
From Tacos to the infamous grilled cheese, everyone absolutely loves the lunch menu - campers will spend the whole morning guessing what it might be. Often with a salad bar, and a pasta back up, everyone goes to town and gets their nourishment for the afternoon.
13:30 Rest hour
It will soon become apparent to you that rest hour is the greatest idea at camp. The combination of the early start, the hectic morning and the belly full of food means resting up is always a great plan. The campers will use this time to play cards, lay under their fans and chill with their friends. It’s a good time to relax and get out of the heat.
14.30 to 16.00: Activities
Rest hour over…back to activities! Activity specialists teach in their activity areas and general counselors circulate with campers.
16.00 Milk and cookies
Snack time - does what says on the tin. From milk and cookies, to chips and dips - all snacks are always happily received.
16.15 Final activity of the day
17:00 Shower time
Time to wash away all the dust and get squeaky clean for dinner.
18:00 Time for dinner
Did someone say it’s BBQ tonight? The last big meal of the day could be absolutely anything (within reason). From traditional American meals to food inspired from all over the world.
7pm Free play & Flag retreat
Free play is the campers chance to play with friends, they will buddy up and roam free. You as a counselor or specialist will watch an area of camp and make sure they don’t get upto too much mischief.
After the free play it will be time to take down the flag for another day.
8pm Evening activity or all camp entertainment
Evening activities are great fun and an opportunity for you to spend time with everyone else on camp. Campers and counselors alike can integrate with people from other cabins and age groups. Evening activities range from themed dances, all-camp competitions, campfires, talent shows and sometimes off camp trips (bowling, lazer tag, cinema). The list goes on and on.