Mathew Dwyer, our Summer Camp USA coordinator has been to Summer Camp 5 times which is no small feat. Over those 5 years at a Camp in America, he has developed some amazing memories and friends that he cherishes. Below you will find a round up of what Mathew loves most about camp!
Whenever I’m asked to pick my favourite part of camp, I find it so hard to answer. How are you supposed to pick a favourite part of such an amazing experience? So, rather than tell you about just one thing, I’ll tell you about all of my favourite parts, which to be honest is most of camp!
They’re the reason why you’re there, and the reason that you will always want to go back. Working with kids over the course of a summer is extremely rewarding, and being able to see them grow over the course of a summer is amazing. It’s even better if you go back year after year, and see the same kids grow, learn and improve their skills over the years. One of my favourite ever memories of camp is helping a camper who started the summer afraid of the water pass his swim test, and then be able to play on the inflatables in the lake.
You will meet some of your best friends at camp, and the great thing is that they will be from all over the world! The first week that you spend at camp will be just the counsellors, and it’s weird to say that it will be one of the best weeks of camp. By the time the week is over, you’ll feel like you’ve known the other counsellors for years, and they’ll feel more like family than co-workers. And once camp is over, you’ll have places to stay all over the USA, and the world!
I’m not going to tell you that the food at camp is amazing, though it’s definitely not as bad as a lot of people think it will be. What makes meals at camp awesome isn’t about the food though, it’s about the chants and singing. Pretty much every lunch and dinner when I was at camp there was at least a chant or two, and sometimes we would end up still standing on the chairs singing half an hour after the food had been cleared away!
Camp is amazing, a chance to play sports and do activities all day every day. When I was a general counsellor, I got to play and try every sport on camp, including things like lacrosse and roller hockey that I had never done before. When I was a baseball counsellor, I got to play or coach baseball or softball pretty much all day every day, which was basically heaven for me!
Colour War is a hard one to explain to people. Basically, what happens is the entire camp is split into 2 teams (for my camp the red and white teams), and the 2 teams compete against each other for 4 days. Both kids and counsellors are put on teams, and they compete at absolutely everything, sports, trivia, and relays, really anything you can think of. Each team will also put on a play, write and learn team songs, and build a backdrop based on the team name. It really is the most amazing time, but very hard to describe until you do it!
So those are my favourite parts of camp, and as promised they cover almost everything! There is very little at camp that you don’t love while you’re there, and that’s what makes summer camp USA such an amazing experience!