American camping

I Love America and will be returning to camp in 2017

America Campfire Stories

Many people want to know what Donald Trump’s first step is, and how it affects everyone in the United States and around the world.

Do we all camping in America? In contrast, almost at the same time, I also have an e-mail from a body about it, the possibility that even this is what he wants to do, takes many, many months of negotiation and discussion and rewriting Laws and regulations, this is a very long process. If time is forever, Donald can then pass his threat and I know I’m not alone in saying that he will have a fight in his hands!

Donald Trump

But anyway. Trump is in charge. Am I pleased about it? No. Should it stop you from applying to go to summer camp? No. Does it mean I love America any less? No. And here’s why:

The United States

1. The American people. Throughout the summers that I’ve spent at camp and travelling around the country I have met some incredible Americans and am proud to call quite a few of them very good friends (you know who you are). The Americans that I have met are some of the warmest, most welcoming, most open-minded people I know. And maybe that has something to do with the fact that a lot of them are also ‘camp people’, but in my experience, Americans are kind and honest and fun and outspoken and just, well, lovely.

2. The weather. America has proper weather. And by that I mean that if you go to, say California or Florida for example, where it’s supposed to be hot and sunny, it will actually be hot and sunny. Or if you go to New York or Rhode Island in the winter, there will actually be snow – the real kind that goes up to your thighs and makes you want to lie down in to make snow angels. Oh and the thunderstorms. Don’t even get me started on the thunderstorms (they’re one of my favourite things about camp).

American camping

3. The culture. I should really say cultures. America is a country rich with people and cultures from all over the world. Wherever you go in America, you have the opportunity to experience different cultures, different foods, different languages, different religions. And that’s the beauty of the land of the free.

4. The travel. Over my 6 summers at camp I have visited more states than I can count, gone on some epic road trips (Pacific Coast Highway anyone?), visited National Parks, skated the boardwalk between Santa Monica and Venice, rented a house with a private beach in Connecticut, been to just about all the museums in Washington DC, shopped to my hearts content in NYC and much, much more. America is HUGE. There are so many places to visit and so many things to see, I haven’t even scratched the surface.

American camping

5. The patriotism. I LOVE how much Americans love their country. A major reason to apply to camp is spending July 4th in America. Fancy dress, fireworks, you name it, your camp will probably do it. And don’t forget raising the flag every day and pledging allegiance. I may not really understand it, because we Brits don’t tend to get that involved or passionate about our own country (unless we’re winning some sporting event which, lets face it, doesn’t happen very often), but I love getting involved in it when I’m in America.

6. The time I’ve already spent there. In the last 5 and half years, I’ve spent close to 2 whole years living and working at my camp in Connecticut (which is crazy when I think about it like that) and in that time I feel like my camp (and America) has become my second home. In fact, because I’ve done so much travelling over the last 5 years, camp has actually been the place I’ve spent the most time, the most consistently. It might seem silly to say it, but I feel like I have a little bit of America inside me wherever I go.

American camping

7. Summer Camp. The United States is the place where summer camps begin. This is the state-held tradition of sending children to summer camps for summer vacations. I, thanks for that tradition. If it does not exist, I will not find what I love the most. I will not find my second home, or have met my best friend, or have a little excitement about my stomach every morning when I wake up and know that I have one day approaching to return to another summer.

So forget Trump. Forget politics. Forget all the drama of the past few days. Think about why a summer in the US could be a wonderful experience. A fun summer, sunshine, friendships, travels, and opportunities to use some incredible kids! I love the United States, and I know that after the summer camp you will.