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24 Struggles You’ll Recognise If You’ve Ever Worked at a Summer Camp In America

Working at a summer camp in America sounds like a lot of fun, but it has its challenges as well.

1. Genuinely fearing you’ll never find your colleagues in the airport.

Especially if your phone has already died.

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2. Having to stop by Walmart and perform a supermarket sweep to pick up bedding.

You’ve got $20 and 10 minutes. Run.

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3. Arriving at camp at 2am and accidentally waking up your colleagues in your cabin.

Making a great first impression.

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4. Training week begins and it feels like Freshers’ Week all over again.

Who said you can’t have fun and be in pain at the same time?

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5. Jumping in the lake at the crack of dawn as a ‘bonding exercise’ and questioning the meaning of life.

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6. Praying you won’t be attacked by a snake or bear when walking back to your cabin at night.

True story.

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7. Speaking of animals, bugs are an actual nightmare.

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8. Never fully recovering from the exhaustion caused by Lifeguard training.

For the record, it’s nothing like Baywatch.

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9. Realising how much of a handful the kids are going to be approximately 5 seconds after they arrive.

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10. And immediately being confused by all the Americanisms they’re using,

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11. Only to suddenly find that you’ve started to use them too.

It’s now trash and fries, not rubbish and chips.

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12. You realise how scary lifeguarding is when you see the number of children in the water.

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13. And day trips away from camp are nerve-wracking af.

Non-stop head counting 🙄

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14. Being on permanent lookout for food fights.

If pizza or grilled cheese is on the menu, you’re doomed.

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15 . And feeling yourself slowly turn into your parents.

“It’s like a bomb has gone off in this cabin! Clean it up right now!”

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16. You’re in the First Aid cabin more than you thought you’d need to be.

Too many injured warriors.

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17. And wishing it was possible to just take a break from the kids sometimes.

Waking you up in the middle of the night, playing pranks on you… Your days off are a blessing.

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18. Whenever music plays, you’re constantly checking for bad language.

“Let’s skip this song, the beat is annoying.”  👀👀👀

19. Actually starting to miss the weather in the UK.

The heat can really get to you.

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20. Especially when there’s a storm and you have to sit inside all day playing board games with the kids.

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21. Never wanting to see a friendship bracelet ever again.

Not that you’d ever tell the kids.

Last of the camp days. #CampAmerica #campbracelets

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22. But then when it’s time for your kids to leave, you don’t want to part from them.

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23. Starting to miss camp before you’ve even left.

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24. And immediately wanting to go straight back as soon as you arrive home.

The memories… 😢

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