For the last 6 months, I’ve been talking about being away all summer this year and I know I’ve been a little cryptic, but plans can change and I didn’t want to talk to much about it unless plans did change and things fell through. But now, they are pretty much certain and I’m so excited. Well on June the 12th 2018, I will be jetting off to America, where I will be working for Camp Kweebec as a riding instructor, Equine and general councillor for pretty much the entire summer.
I have to admit. This is something so new to me and Im actually really nervous, but Im also so very excited. This is the first time I have done anything of this sort at all. When I was really young I used to go to a summer camp for a week or so when I was really very young, but I was never in charge (obviously… I was 5). So this is going to be a real experience for me, but Im so excited I cant even. I keep going to the shops and thinking ‘ohh that will be perfect for my trip’, which is awful for my credit card. Oh anyway, I was going to explain to you what I’m going to be doing.
So I arrive at Philadelphia in the great US of A just after lunch on the 12th June 2018 and from there I get to meet the 60 odd other international staff who I’ve also never met. Terrifying. I don’t even know how I feel about that other than terrified. Im sure Ill be fine after a little bit with everyone. Im just planning on going in with the same attitude as University – say hello and be positive. For the first week we’re just getting to know each other anyway, so I’m sure it will be okay. Then we have just over a week of ‘pre-camp’, a camp which is run by another company, but they will use our activities. I feel like that will be really good practice for me, so that I can get used to running the stables and teaching a few classes before I have to do that and look after kids all at once.
Then the real camp begins and that goes on for 7 weeks. 7 weeks of camp with kids between 7 and 16, and Im gonna be in charge of some of them. Slightly terrifying again. But I’ve had practice with this. I used to work at my stables on the weekends, just a volunteer, but it was enough to get used to shoving kids on horses and teaching them the basics around about. I know its going to be amazing fun. And when its all over, I have a week of post-camp to basically just look after the horse until they go home and Im done. On 26th August, its all over. Well the work part is at least, from then on I have just under a month of traveling around America for the remained of my summer and I finally fly home September 18th. Until then, well who knows….