Laura Gillies for OurKids.net, Canada's trusted source for camps and schools.
Last summer I went to sleep over camp and it was an experience I will never forget. Not only was it my first time at sleep over camp, it was my first time at any kind of camp. Two of my friends from school were in my cabin, which helped a lot, but I still had to get to know a lot of strangers. To make friends you just have to be yourself. I'm a little on the funny side, so I told jokes. But don't tell annoying jokes.
If you have a favorite belonging, bring it with you -- so long as it isn't breakable. It will help you with those feelings of homesickness. I love music, so I brought some of my favorite CDs.
The camp activities were fun -- I mean really fun. There were all kinds of sports and all kinds of things to do in the water. My all-time favorite activity was like a camp Olympics, where the whole camp split into two teams and we had about a day and a half of ultimate fun! You do arts and crafts, acting, sports and a lot of cheering. You can lose your voice you cheer so loud.
I was a little worried about night time at camp, because sometimes I have trouble falling asleep. But trust me, you are asleep fast because after you have all that fun you are very tired. We went on an overnight trip and it was great. Some of us slept in a tent but some of us decided to sleep under the stars. We cooked over a fire and the food was delicious. Food at camp was pretty good, but it wasn't as good as the food on the overnight.
Every Friday we had a dance, so if you like to dance you were in luck.
My first experience at camp was really scary at first. Being homesick is understandable and crying is okay. It might even make you feel better. But you have to be strong and pull yourself through it. You can do it. I did it, and you can too.
If you don't like camp, that's okay too. But it's very unlikely because you can pretty much choose what you would like to do. Remember, just be yourself because the best thing you are is yourself.
I ended up loving camp. It's great. You'll see.
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