SCHOOL CAMP SUR­VIVAL GUIDE

So you make it through the wilder­ness.

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Here’s every­thing you need to know to make sure it not only doesn’t suck, but you ac­tu­ally have a blast.

DIS­AS­TER ZONE

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.

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