Guildford, United Kingdom
Southampton Fresh Air Home, New York
I have actually arrived!
This is my first blog that i'm actually writing from being at camp. I meant to do it earlier but have been so busy, so am starting now :) It was really hectic in the last couple of days in the UK, had exams and had to pack up my uni room, so was an achievement to actually get here!
The flight over here was actually really long but meeting people from my camp and other camps in the airport calmed my nerves a bit..
I've arrived at camp now (finally) and I love it! The camp is quite small but really nice so I like it a lot, I think i'm lucky to be here as it's quite modern and stuff. I'm in a bunk which everyone calls the dungeon - sounds weird but it's not! I'm in a room with 4 other girls, 2 americans Ariel and Amanda and 2 english girls Haley and Lauren.
Since we arrived we've during the day been doing lots of training - our first week here is an orientation week, so during the day we've been going through things like how to act with the campers, and how to deal with an emergency and general rules we all need to keep to. As it's a special needs camp the training is more important - mistakes have worse outcomes! But at the same time we've played quite a lot of games and stuff to get to know each other - everyone at the camp is lovely which is a relief! It's weird hearing all the american accents but i'm sure i'll get used to it :)
In the evenings we have time to go off camp, so far we've been to the beach and to the bar - didn't drink much but both were funn :)
Today I had to go to a social security place - we need to have a number or we can't get paid. It went well, and I was approved which I kind of expected to be honest, and i'll get that within the next few days. Went to 7-11 this afternoon afterward and bought pretzel m&ms - going to bring back as many bags as I can! Then this evening we went on a trip to CVS where I bought an american phone to text and stuff and a watch, i forgot mine.. And some mountain dew! I doubt anybody wants to read this boring detail to be honest but there are probably only about 3 people who are even going to read this.. Ellie, Sophie, Dani.. that means you.
Lots of people thought it would be odd but i'm actually really enjoying working in the kitchen, although it's harder work than I thought it would be. I'm looking forward to the kids getting here as it'll be more lively though harder work with all the extra food we'll have to make..
I also got my bunk assignment yesterday - I'm working with OGs which is older girls. I'm not sure when that group starts but it's up to age 18 which I think will be cool as you can actually talk to the campers. Practically all the other people with OG's are american so wish me luck with that!
I'm gonna try and update this pretty often but I don't know how busy i'll be when we actually start having kids here, so try and appreciate them when i have the time ;)
Only 19 days to go!
I haven't updated this in a few months but i'm procrastinating right now to avoid my revision so thought I would! It's started to get so close with literally only two and a half weeks left and I'm really excited but nervous too.. Everything i'm taking with me has started to pile up (still missing a bag though haha) and it's got so soon! Unfortunately my university exams are right up until I leave - I literally have one the afternoon of the day before i fly.. So i'm having to pack, prepare to go, revise and pack up my university room in these weeks!
I've come home this weekend to do some clothes shopping with my mum, and have got a lot of stuff now. Since i've never been to anything like this before, or the area of america that my camp is in I'm doing a lot of guesswork about how much clothing I should actually take and what sort of thing I need. When I look at my camp over google maps I can see lots of trees and forest so I've bought loads of bug repellant just in case!
Still to sort out is my phone though. I have a blackberry which is practically glued to my hand most of the time so while i'm taking that with me to use at the airport and when I fly home after I probably won't be turning it on much while i'm there :( I'm hoping i'll be so busy I won't get withdrawal symptons about bbm! I considered buying an american simcard and having it sent here so that I could take an unlocked phone abroad with me and have it rightaway, but after looking online a bit it seems like a better thing to do is to buy a cheap phone out there and top it up when needed, so I think i'll do that. I'm sure I won't be the only one out there without a phone at the beginning so i'm not too worried.
Our camp has a facebook group which has actually been really good to calm my worries about going - I've been nervous about meeting people! While i'm excited I always get a bit worried when it's a whole new group of people so to talk to people before I go as well as read about what the returners thought about camp has made me feel a lot better. It seems like a really lovely camp so i'm excited to go and get to know everyone!
I didn't make it to any of the orientation events as I had lectures and an exam during the ones that were conveninent for me so I'm hoping I didn't miss anything too important - what I wish i'd been there to do is meet people who were going to my camp! Hopefully anything hugely important will be covered in our orientation week at camp.
Anyone feel free to add me as a friend on here, or on facebook: Kate Beattie.
Hope everyone is getting excited too/having fun if you've already gone! xxx