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Camp America, Camp Leaders and BUNAC. You must have heard of one of them. The amount of people that come back from American Summer Camp saying it's the time of their lives is astonishing. And There's No Place Like Summer Camp Podcast is here to fill that time between summers. There's No Place Like Summer Camp is all about the staff and what it is like to volunteer with the likes of Camp America. Starring Andrew Waterhouse, this podcast will be featuring 101 Summer Camp Tips, Funny Stories and Chats to make for one entertaining insight into summer camp. Released every Tuesday, There's No Place Like Summer Camp hopes to capture the spark Summer Camps provides to the world.

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Camp America, Camp Leaders and BUNAC. You must have heard of one of them. The amount of people that come back from American Summer Camp saying it's the time of their lives is astonishing. And There's No Place Like Summer Camp Podcast is here to fill that time between summers. There's No Place Like Summer Camp is all about the staff and what it is like to volunteer with the likes of Camp America. Starring Andrew Waterhouse, this podcast will be featuring 101 Summer Camp Tips, Funny Stories and Chats to make for one entertaining insight into summer camp. Released every Tuesday, There's No Place Like Summer Camp hopes to capture the spark Summer Camps provides to the world.

    Updates and Questions for Campers

    Updates and Questions for Campers

    I have quite a few updates to share in this podcast. This isn’t your typical Friday episode.

    • 20 min
    Interview with a Female Camp America Interviewer

    Interview with a Female Camp America Interviewer

    *SPECIAL EPISODE* In this episode, we have our first female guest on the podcast! This interview delves into what life is like for a girl with four years of Camp America under her belt, what its like to be a Camp America Interviewer, and the best advice she has to offer!

    • 51 min
    Can You Volunteer at Summer Camp With Tattoos?

    Can You Volunteer at Summer Camp With Tattoos?

    Hello and welcome to There’s No Place Like Summer Camp. I’m your host, Andrew Waterhouse, and in today’s episode we’re taking a look at whether you can do camp America with tattoos. So, come on in to our tent, and I’ll spill the beans.

    Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of, There’s No Place Like Summer Camp. We are here in a Friday episode where we answer your questions about volunteering for summer camp.

    Project Update: Blogs

    Just before I begin, I have an update for you, regarding the general state of where There’s No Place Like Summer Camp is and any sort of projects I’m doing on the side for the show and the book website. Now this one is particularly around the website because one thing that I’ve noticed that I’m really maybe missing out on is getting the word of, There’s No Place Like Summer Camp out there. Now I’ve made some changes in regards to how the blogs are going to be working from now on, on the website, because they seem to be. It’s a bit of a strange situation but a lot of people search for things around camp America and volunteering for summer camp, but the way the podcasts are, it can be pretty hard to look at a podcast first before you go to Google, a lot of these questions you’ll be googling.

    Now, one of the things that Google somewhat lacks at the moment is being able to take a look at a podcast episode or some sort of audio and push that towards a user, rather than push them towards a standard blog or news article type of thing. So, going forward, the announcement is. We’re going to be transcripting, every episode of There’s No Place Like Summer Camp, which is a bit weird at the moment because as I’m saying this is going to be transcripted into a blog post itself.

    There’s quite a backlog of episodes that have to go through and work through so they’re not probably going to be all up to date at the same time. But just to keep you all aware. There’s No Place Like Summer Camp is going to have a better presence on the internet, a better presence on Google in particular because all the episodes will have some text-based content and when you search the sorts of questions or any of the other episodes that I’ve done already, they’ll pop up a lot more frequently, and it’s going to be a little bit of a manual process I think. And you’re going to have to kind of bear with me on that front.

    It was something that I did initially do so write some of the earlier episodes of There’s No Place Like Summer Camp. They do have their own blog articles but I found that it was taken up a little bit too much time to do the episodes every week, as well as writing them up, and then working on the book as well. But I think I’m in a position now where I found a really good tool that will help me for this so just to keep you all up to date.

    There’s No Place Like Summer Camp, is going to be having text-based blog posts going forward, and hopefully, that will get the name out there. So if you think anyone will benefit from these podcasts, the website and all that sort of thing please recommend them. It’s very much appreciated as well as any reviews on podcast apps because that really helps get the name out there, helps the podcast bump itself up a bit if it’s got some reviews, and I’d really appreciate all feedback.

    Camp America and Tatoos

    Now, onto this week’s question, because every Friday is a questions episode. This is can you do camp America with tattoos, so let’s get on to the question.

    So doing Camp America with tattoos totally applies to actually all the agencies out there, it’s not just Camp America it’s not just Camp Leaders or BUNAC, it applies to them all, and pretty much the long and short of it is that every camp has their own dress code.

    For example,

    • 7 min
    Summer Camp Bingo! Checklist of Everything You Can Do at Camp

    Summer Camp Bingo! Checklist of Everything You Can Do at Camp

    This podcast is a long one! In this episode, we talk about summer camp bingo, or a shortlist to prove that you’ve done everything at summer camp!

    A heads up, CC USA has opened their applications for 2021. Same for other agencies too by the way, so get on that if you’re interested!

    Welcome to summer camp bingo! This is a shortlist of things to prove that you’ve been to summer camp. See how many you can tick off!

    – The Blob: Infamous for being a part of summer camp. This blob of air lies on the lake where campers, as well as staff, can take turns to launch people into the air.

    – Getting hooked up: Well, I didn’t realise this was so far high up the list but here we are! There are so many people and so many occasions I can say where people hooked up at my summer camp. It seems to be a rite of passage for pretty much anyone who goes to camp.

    – Ziplined: Now this is one that I haven’t personally done. I don’t believe… as far as I can think, did zipline at camp. But most camps have them, and they are a great laugh. Fly down the zip and see the sights and sounds of camp around you. Grab a go pro and enjoy being in summer camp!

    – Drove on other side of the road: This is such a blast also. The feeling of driving on the other side of the road is quite enthralling. I drove on the other side of the road while in my specialty, on those great American roads. Out the window, the great American countryside and Grand Theft Auto-esque feel that America has.

    – Gone Walmart: Walmart is an experience in enough itself. It’s such an amazing place to go and visit particularly when you are an international foreigner to the country. You get to see the bargains to be had, the strange people you can find down the aisles while getting lost in its labyrinth of a megastore.

    – Colour War: 94% of camps have these –  a stat I totally just made up. In fact, summer camp is all about colour war. Its the event that all the kids look forward to each session. They love getting in competitive mode, fighting for that luxury of being on the winning colour war side. The games, the thrills, spoils… Its all to play for in colour war!

    – Found a favourite camper: It can take a while to find your favourite camper, but its well worth it. You will have a spark with a few kids and connect well with them.

    – Found your worst camper: In the same breath, its easy to find campers that get on your tits. They can rub you up the wrong way, be rude or frankly ungrateful for being at summer camp. I think only when you find both your favourite and worst campers, can you grow as a person yourself and learn to deal with the two sides of that camper-sized coin.

    – Gave a meal a miss because the food was bad: Walmart ties in with this one well, because if you have smarts, you should have a go-to stash of food for the ‘Jacket Potato Day’.

    – Played gaga: The sport that seems to be THE sport that defines summer camps. Played in an enclosed arena, Gaga is similar to dodgeball. It’s intense and tightly enclosed, meaning wall bounces are the best ways to knock out countless opponents.

    – Played ultimate frisbee: Another sport that America seems to be obsessed with. Frisbee in the UK is one of those things only thrown around when at a beach. But in America, they seem to care about frisbee like its a proper sport. The throws Americans can do are not only long but pitch-perfect accuracy. It’s insane to play a full-sized game when you have all the staff and campers about.

    – Sick new tan: Going to America to some extent guarantees you will come back looking fresher than ever. The weather out in The States is better than the UK (which isn’t hard!). So expect to catch some rays by the pool and come back with a sick new tan.

    • 57 min
    How Much are Camp America Treks?

    How Much are Camp America Treks?

    The treks of America are a subset of summer camp that many volunteers like to do. In this episode, we take a look at what Camp America treks are, how much they cost, and whether they are worth booking.

    First, what is a trek?

    Camp America Treks are pre-organised roadtrips that you book onto in advance. You travel as a group of 13 and you’ll be assigned an awesome trek leader who will be your guide and your driver and will generally take care of getting you from one place to next and ensuring you’re safe and having fun! You’ll be travelling in a cool customised van with 14 seats, wifi, and plenty of roadtrip tunes! Accommodation will vary depending on your trip and most nights you’ll stay somewhere new. They are the perfect and easiest way to see a lot of America in one go and have a variety of trips starting from 3 to 23 days – so there’s bound to be a trek to suit you!

    Its all about group travel + if you do Camp America and then Camp America trek, you get a 15% discount on the prices (a bit dodgy though if you ask me).

    Camp America Treks: They are paired with Intrepid. And looking at their prices for guidance, it was around £1500 – £7500. Quite a wide range but there’s quite a range of different trips you take. There are 10 treks at the time of recording. And only 4 destinations: Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York. There are different durations of the trip, up to 22 days.

    They all follow the same structure, you spend a night in one city, move onto the next. Then the next till you’ve done so many places stayed in so many hotels. You’ll have so many Instagram moments + memories.

    Specifically, around the prices for these, I couldn’t find a trace of anything. I don’t know if its Corona having an impact on this, but the prices were all not revealed – or they are just expensive and don’t want to promote them.

    What about TrekAmerica?

    Now, another big player in this is TrekAmerica. In fact, I’d go as far as to say they are bigger than Camp America Treks. They are recommended by other agencies like Camp Leaders and I in fact know 2 people that did these treks themselves.

    They have 74 trips on their site and a wide range of treks you can opt to take after your camp ends. The prices are from £329 to £8229 and there’s a ton of difference in the middle.

    For instance, the most expensive trip is 60 days long(!). And there are other trips that are 75 days long, almost as long as the camp itself!

    There are a ton of destinations with this, 11 I found. And they seem to be better specialised for this type of experience in my opinion. They give you a full breakdown of what you are booking, like how many nights you are staying in tents, how many nights in hotels, which sights you will see and the sort of things you can expect on the trip. They break down each day as there’s a recipe to these sorts of things.

    In my opinion, Trek America is the go-to for these trek like experiences. I know the couple that went on this themselves loved it. But personally, I think it is a lot of money and you can have just as much fun, or if not more fun by arranging your own travel with friends from camp. The USA is your oyster!

     

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    Essentials to Bring Back from Camp

    Essentials to Bring Back from Camp

    The 50th episode of There’s No Place Like Summer Camp!! In this episode, we celebrate while discussing the best things to bring back from your time volunteering at summer camp.

    In this episode, we’re talking about things you’ll want to bring back from camp. NOT THINGS WE ARE TAKING TO CAMP.

    Camp shirt (I have 4): A camp shirt is the holy grail of all momentos from summer camp. They have the blood, sweat, and tears from your time at camp in their DNA. Everyone at camp wears their camp t-shirts like no tomorrow. If you check out our Instagram, you can even see mine which is framed loud and proud in my man cave wall.

    Things kids made you:  This can be memories to remind you of your favourite campers. Friendship bracelets are a prime example of a gift you’ll definitely want to bring back with you from summer camp.

    Things you got from counsellors + staff: Chad, who’s been mentioned before in the interview with Scott episode is a prime example of swapping things with counsellors + fellow staff. For he swapped his beloved football shirt with his co-worker while she gave him a shirt from her city, Chicago. These are small things to remember the good times with people that you are likely to not see again. And I exchanged pants with one girl!

    Memories from camp: One of mine was a piece of rope from rope burn. Which is an activity from colour war (all to be discussed in the book!). To be honest, I think I may have chucked this one out specifically as it stank of smoke when trying to fill my suitcase for my travels after camp. A logical decision, but damn do I wish I kept it now.

    Cringe Warning

    Now, these final 2 are cringey, but are so true. Just like the post I did to Instagram the other day about ‘this one time at summer camp’ and feeling like the girl from American Pie. Damn, I love those films.

    Photos: Remember to take photos of your time in America. you are out there for a long time and you want to remember all the memories you make. What better gift than having the gift of looking back in time to see the incredible memories you made. You can make them your wallpaper background on your PC or phone. Or even use them in some sort of decor in your bedroom perhaps. The more photos, the better.

    Social media friends – Now I’m going to refer back to Chad one final time in this blog post as prior to camp, he didn’t have social media. All for him – it’s terrible for your mental health! But by the end of camp, he couldn’t resist. The thought of never seeing how people he grew so close with, in such a short space of time was too much. He caved in and now uses social media to stay in touch with people all around the world. So make sure to use social media in the best way, to stay in contact with incredible friends you’ve made at summer camp.

    Listen to this episode below!

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