The years passed by and suddenly I was 23 with two University degrees under my belt - it was time.
When I was 18 a girl I worked with kept talking to me about her summer camp experience and it sounded like an absolute dream. From then on I told myself that one day I was going to make it over to a summer camp. The years passed by and suddenly I was 23 with two University degrees under my belt. - it was time. I applied for the Camp America program in September of 2013 and didn’t get hired until May of 2014. I had given up hope – but little did I know that the camp that had hired me was the perfect fit for me.
So, putting trust in Camp America and my Camp Director (with whom I only had a Skype interview with) I boarded a plane and hoped for the best. A 24 hour flight, a 6 hour train ride and a 30 minute car ride later I was met by a group of smiling faces at what was going to be my second home for the next three years – Stone Mountain Adventures. I accomplished so many things that I never thought I could do – become a Rock Climbing Instructor and learn how to set up climbing routes, take care of campers as the Camp Nurse, lead a Canoeing Camping Trip and Co-Captain a White Water Rafting Trip multiple times.
SMA is a very special place and it resonates fully with everyone who is lucky enough to have an experience there. For me, it made me realise that I actually do have leadership skills and that I can be a role model. Being at camp pushed me so far out of my comfort zone that I didn’t know who I was when I came back to Australia. I’ve always been the youngest in my family so I never knew what having younger siblings was like – but after all these years of being involved with the best place on earth, I can safely say that I have countless younger brothers and sisters from all over America and my life will never be the same.
Alyna, SMA, 2014-2016