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camp?? - June 17th 2009, 05:43 AM

I'm going to camp this year actually next week to be exact about 4 hours away from where i live. Of course everybody else is pretty far from the camp to, and some people will be coming from like germany and canada, and so on. Like most overnight traditional summer camps. The problem is i'm REALLY nervous about the first day because I don't want to wander around by myself, because i'm afraid that everybody is like going to already have a friend there when they arrive to camp and i like won't get to actually have friends. Now i'm a pretty outgoing person and everything, but i think you know what i mean.
   
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Re: camp?? - June 17th 2009, 05:53 AM

Being a grade eleven student, I'm already worried about this when it comes to university. I plan to go to an out-of-town university. Therefore, I won't know anyone. I know how much you can worry about this! Now, you say that the camp is pretty far from where you live but then again, other people have to commute a quite substantial difference as well, right?

It seems to me like you may be over-stressing about all of this. [: I have a feeling that there will be a ton of people who are in the exact same position that you're in. They're probably worried about the same things that you are, too. I know it's difficult to avoid worrying about this kind of thing. It is in our nature to always think about the worst case scenario. Believe me, it never turns out as bad as you think!

Plus, think of it this way: you're going to summer camp. That means that the people that run the camp are aware that many of their campers will be coming from different places, thus not knowing anyone or only knowing one or two people. They take the extra initiative to include introduction games like ice-breakers and other 'bonding' games to help the campers make new friends.

I'm sure you'll be just fine. You sound like a very out-going and friendly person. I'm sure you'll have no problems making friends. At camp, things are so interactive. You'll literally be forced to work with the other campers and that's how friendships form. Don't stress so much and enjoy yourself! It seems like it's going to be a lot of fun.


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Re: camp?? - June 17th 2009, 10:22 PM

Hey there,

No matter how outgoing a person is, this is always a concern. Don't feel bad about worrying, because how you feel right now is completely normal! Going away to camp with a bunch of people you don't know yet can be a bit scary, but I bet you'd be surprised how many others are in the same boat

If you are worried about wandering by yourself, then when you get there, find someone else who looks a little lost or a small group of people and introduce yourself. Ask them questions about themselves and how they heard about the camp. Once you get a conversation going, then talking will become a lot easier. I'm sure lots of people are going to go to this camp, so finding people to talk to will not be a problem.

Be confident in yourself! You are an outgoing person and I'm sure that making friends will be a breeze. The majority of the people at the camp are in the exact same position as you, with exactly the same worries! Just find a few people and start talking. Invite others into the conversation too. Before you know it, you'll have a bunch of people to talk to.

Try not to worry! You're going to have a blast at camp

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Re: camp?? - June 18th 2009, 01:52 AM

Hey,

Try not to worry too much! You said that it is a normal stay away camp and people will be coming from as far away as Germany so most likely some people will not have friends already.

You said you were a pretty out going person, right? So, just be yourself and you should make friends. I bet this camp will have a lot of fun activities for you and everyone to participate in and activities that will allow you to get to know one another. You know, alot of the time camps have a little activity where people sort of introduce themselves or something so that would be cool wouldn't it?

Also, you will be having to bunk with people won't you? So, that will be a way to get to know people as well, right? You will be introduced to the people you will be rooming with.

Just try to stay calm and be confident in yourself, okay!


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