Your things are packed, the car is loaded, and you’re on your way up the mountain. During the trip, beautiful views pass you as you wind back and forth up the roads. But despite your excitement, you can’t help but be a little nervous, and you ask yourself, “What’s about to happen?”
Summer camp is an incredible experience for kids. More than 14 million children attend camp every year, and more than 90% of campers say things like, “Camp has helped me make new friends.” But attending for the first – or even the dozenth – time can be a challenge.
So we’re here to help you! Here are the biggest things to expect from your first day at AstroCamp.
- 1. Arrival
From the moment you pull into camp, you’ll know it’s a unique place. Staff members will dance and wave and welcome you, all while helping you carry your luggage. Other staff members will walk you to our central lot where your parents will sign you in. You’ll get to play games, hang out with the instructors, and maybe even get to see the camp director. And while all that’s happening, you’ll get to meet your counselor!
Your counselor is going to be like your parent and your best friend all in one. They’ll be a constant in your life for the entire time you’re here. And so will your group! You’ll be together with a handful of other campers your same age. You’re gonna be spending a lot of time with these people, so introduce yourself! Talk about what you’re excited for here at camp! Get to know them, because chances have it that they may end up being some of your best friends.
If you thought meeting your counselors and group was crazy, just wait for Blast Off! Here, you’ll get a whirlwind introduction to the instructing staff and what they do! Don’t worry if you don’t remember all of their names – you’ll get to know them better in the days to come. Just listen to their introductions and start to pick out a few things that sound interesting to you!
- 4. Move In!
Now that you’ve met everyone, you and your group will move into the dorms! Typically, you’ll share a room full of bunk beds with a few other people from your group. Get comfortable! This is where you’ll be sleeping for your whole time at camp! If you have any questions, don’t worry. Your counselor will be just down the hall in their own room.
- 5. Team Photos
You’re part of a group now, and what’s better than dedicating that group than with awesome (or silly) team photos! Come up with a funny or cool pose with the rest of your new friends and let your inner glam shine!
- 6. Swim Checks
A lot of the activities here at camp are in the pool, and we need to make sure you’re comfortable in the water! But don’t worry, it’s a short, easy process! Every lifeguard on camp will be watching, cheering, and joking with you as you make your way across the pool. Just remember to keep both feet on the ground at all times!
- 7. Opening Campfire
Last – but absolutely not least – you and all the other campers will gather at our amphitheater for the opening campfire ceremony. There will music, dancing, comedy routines, sing-alongs, and most importantly, the skits. All the counselors and instructors have been working on a performance that is sure to leave you in tears – whether that’s because it’s so bad or it’s so funny, I’ll leave up to you.
After your first day, you’ll probably be tired. Good! It’s been a crazy day and that means you’ve already done a lot of awesome things. But be sure you get a good night’s sleep! The next few days will hold some of the greatest memories you’ll ever make, and you don’t want to miss it.
Written By: Scott Yarbrough