If you want to quit summer camp please make sure you’re unhappy for at least a week before you do anything rash, as you don’t want to regret it once you’re home.
Camp is definitely a culture shock – please stick it out for at least three weeks, for me. You’re plunged into a new routine with nothing familiar around you in can take a bit of getting used to. No matter how low you’re feeling try and find some positives to focus on to keep you going. In my book about camp you’ll see that there were times when I was so low I just wanted the first plane out of there, but I stuck with it and now I have 12 weeks of incredible memories of my summer at camp.
“I’m an alien, I’m an illegal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York”
Remember that song? Well, that’s what you’ll be if you quit summer camp: an illegal alien. If you don’t get another job at a different camp you’ll need to leave the country as soon as possible as if you don’t have a job your visa immediately becomes invalid. There’ll be no more exploring America for you I’m afraid.
DO NOT JUST GET UP AND LEAVE CAMP!
How to quit summer camp
- Try throwing yourself into camp life more.
- Talk to your bunkmates about how you feel – they might’ve felt the same and can help.
- Talk to your head counselor and manager to see if a change within camp would make you happier. A different bunk or department maybe?
- If you’re still set on going, contact your agency head office.
- Depending on you and the area you’re in they can then either arrange a flight home, or try to find you a different camp. Please don’t use this as an option if you just fancy something a bit different – it really is a last resort.
- Bear in your mind that breaking your contract will cost you money, even if it’s just a hostel or hotel while you’re waiting to hear about another placement. Or you may have to pay for, or contribute to, your return flight depending on the time and your agency.
It’s a huge decision to quit summer camp and not one you should just take on a whim if you’re having a bad day. Try and stick it out, but at the same time if you’re really, really unhappy don’t be afraid to admit it to the folks back home. Your happiness is the most important thing.