Wednesday 8th June
11:12am Nope, didn’t sleep again last night, but got some very good news this morning: I’m in the wrong bunk, wooo! I was out of there like a shot when the head counselor told me. I did not like the atmosphere in there at all; I knew it wasn’t right for me. I should’ve been next door in B, and I’d gone into A, silly me. Here I found my real bunk buddies: Jude from New Zealand and Rebecca from the Channel Islands. I liked them straight away. I’m so grateful I’m not stuck with those girls next door for the entire summer; I honestly don’t know how I would’ve coped.
Rebecca’s been to Rockbear before; she’s been telling Jude and me stories all morning about last year. Most interestingly, she told us about all the famous people’s kids that go here. Apparently you can get tipped up to $1000 per session, well happy with that!
Rebecca: “Be careful though. They’ll sack you instantly if they don’t like you, so make sure you suck up to all the bosses.”
That scared me a bit; imagine going home after getting fired from camp. It would be so embarrassingly awful to have to go back early.
Rebecca teaches up in visual arts like me. She looks cool with all her jewellery and boho style. I’ve asked her so many questions about camp I hope I’m not getting on her nerves. She took me around with her while she went to see who’d come back to camp from last year. There are loads of returnees actually – that must be a good sign – and she’s friends with them all. I liked hanging out with her, it made it so much easier to meet and chat to people. She’s really pretty, not like a pop star or anything, but in a more unique and interesting way. She’s got a speech impediment that makes her say ‘Webecca’, which made me laugh – she finds it funny too though, so that’s ok.
Jude is running the fencing department – she’s some sort of champion of it in New Zealand and a qualified schoolteacher at home by day. She wanted a year’s break to travel and thought this would be the perfect way to put her skills to use. She’s really friendly and interested in what I’ve got to say, which is always nice.
4:16pm ‘Love Me’ trackies girl, Cara, is so funny. It’s her Irish accent; it makes anything she says ten times funnier. I asked her about being a lifeguard – seeing as that’s what she came here to do – apparently they didn’t tell her she needed a qualification and didn’t check. Then when she got here they asked for her certificate, which she obviously didn’t have, so they stuck her up at visual arts. Every time I see her she’s got a sweeping brush in her hand – think that’s her non-committal contribution to the setting up process in the hope they’ll let her at the water.
7:12pm It’s so surreal to actually be here. I remember wanting to do it after I finished school, but I didn’t want to come by myself and my best friend wasn’t 18 until July. Then last year I just worked in an office all summer and blitzed the cash on driving lessons and a mad week in Ibiza at the end of it. When I turned 20 in October I was determined to do something more fun with this summer. I’ve never been anywhere by myself before, and not really even been abroad that much. I went to France with my family once, Ibiza, and then to Kavos on a girlie holiday two years ago, but that’s it for my jet setting. It’s weird to be in America on my own, quite impressed with myself though.
I’m scared about the kids arriving in a few days. I’m not one of those people who grew up with kids everywhere and I’ve never really even hung out with seven to 17-year-olds, apart from when I was one. I’ve just got one older brother. I guess there are my cousins, but that’s different and I only see them twice a year, if that. This summer is definitely going to be a challenge, but I’m excited!