Humans Of Camp America- Mikaela

Feb. 7, 2017, 11:01 a.m. by Editor

The most rewarding thing about my experience at camp was the look on the girl's faces when, for the first time ever, they got up on waterskis.

Coming to the end of my VCE studies at school all my friends were applying for university courses, I knew that wasn't the direction I wanted to take. I had no plans for when I finished school until my school careers adviser introduced me to a program called Camp America. Although he had little information on the program, he urged me to go home and look at their website. I entered the Camp America page and instantly, I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do.

Once I applied for Camp America, I had two unsuccessful interviews before landing a job as a water ski instructor at YMCA Camp Huckins. My flight to America soon turned into a horrific mess of emotions. Crying the whole way there, wondering what I was doing. But, let me tell you now, it was the best decision I've made to date. In fact, I loved it so much, that I returned the following year as well.

Camp brought me out of my shell, taught me how to live away from home, as hard as it was, and most of all it gave me confidence and life long friends worldwide. Camp helps me with everyday life and I will never forget the experiences I had whilst in America. Everything from singing in the dining hall to making smores, it all leaves a positive impact on your life. The most rewarding thing about my experience at camp was the look on the girls faces when, for the first time ever, they got up on waterskis. All the girls were so greatful for everything you did for them which made camp even more enjoyable. Camp provided me with the most amazing life changing experience.