SCHOOL CAMP SURVIVAL GUIDE
So you make it through the wilderness.
Here’s everything you need to know to make sure it not only doesn’t suck, but you actually have a blast.
Sometimes things don’t go to plan or are totally out of your control. If one of these things happens, we’ve got you covered.
YOU AREN’T IN THE SAME CAMP GROUP AS YOUR FRIENDS
Losing out on squad time is a major bummer, but showing up to the new group looking grumpy won’t make for a good experience. Remember that being in a separate activities group or dorm doesn’t mean you won’t see them at all! Besides, you might find you totally click with someone you’ve hardly ever spoken to. Bonding over a mutual fear of abseiling is a solid foundation for a lifelong friendship.
YOU GET YOUR FIRST- EVER PERIOD AT CAMP
OK, so a visit from Aunt Flo on camp is really crappy timing and even worse if it’s your first (at least you’ll get boobs – so that’s a win!). Going to a teacher is so not what anyone fancies doing at that point, but don’t write it off completely. Fingers crossed you’re not the first in your friendship group and can ask around for help. If your friends can’t help you, then go chat to your teacher or guide. If you’re super nervous, take a pal for support and be sure to pack supplies just in case.
YOU’RE NOT DOWN FOR GETTING DIRTY
Unless you are actually allergic to the sun, the mud, the grass (yes, this is possible, but we think your year coordinator might need more proof than your word) then you’re kind of stuck. Suck it up and know this will one day be a funny memory from the past.
YOUR BESTIE IS GETTING ON YOUR NERVES
In the three-hour drive to camp she’s reached villain levels on par with Cruella de Vil. She ate the last red frog from your limited supplies, and acted all innocent and let you take the blame when your group got told off for chatting after lights out. We say: breathe! Are you just overreacting? Everyone’s tired, hungry and out of their comfort zone. If you can sleep on it… chances are it’ll all be better in the morning. If you wake up and she’s still being a major you-know-what, take
BONDING OVER A MUTUAL FEAR OF ABSEILING IS A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR A LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP.
her aside and explain how she’s making you feel. She might not have realised how she was acting. We all take out our nerves on our closest friends occasionally, and may just need a reality check.