Hannah Alper was really nervous when she went to overnight camp for the first time.
But after just two nights, she felt right at home. And she wants other kids to know they can have a blast at camp, too.
The blogger even loved being at camp so much that she scrapped her original plan to stay for only 10 days, asking her parents to stay for another 12 instead.
The Toronto 10-year-old wrote a few tips for other campers:
1. Make friends with the people in your cabin. You will make new friends starting from the bus ride up there and have lots of people to hang out with. Also, introduce yourself to everyone. I always had not just my friends in my cabin but other people in my camp were my friends too. It is always good to have a lot of friends to get you through the lonely or homesick times.
2. If it’s your first time at overnight camp, it’s probably also the first time for most of the kids in your cabin. You are not the only one. It will make you feel better to know that.
3. I was mostly nervous about the nighttime. My Mom’s advice to me was “all you have to do is make it through the night and then you will have so much fun in the day.” The days are so much fun at camp. Remember this at night.
4. Try talking to your counselors if you’re feeling homesick. It feels good and they can make you feel better. They were also first-time campers – a really, really long time ago, though!
5. When you’re packing for camp, collect some pictures of your family and bring some tape so that you can have them on the wall at your bunk.