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Planning ahead to the summer? Final year student Gabriella Dancer explains why Camp America offers personal and professional growth

USA flag planted in the ground

Q: What camp did you go to?

A: I went to Camp Carysbrook in Riner, Virginia through Camp America.

Q: What inspired your trip?

A: I wanted to experience the true American culture, rather than just tourism.

Q: What were the highlights of the experience?

A: Two of the best moments of my trip was when we went speed-boating and tubing on Smith Mountain Lake. I went with some of my fellow counsellors and after tubing we just swam in this gorgeously clear lake surrounded by such impressive lake-side houses. Also the traditional whole camp meetings from my camp, where we all sat around a huge campfire.

Q: What was the most surprising thing about the experience?

Gabriella and her fellow camp counsellors

A: How quickly you make firm and life-long friends, despite only knowing them for 8/9 weeks. Also how much I learned about myself; new skills and strengths I didn’t know I had and new interests I didn’t know about.

Q: In what ways has the trip been life-changing?

A: Stepping into a role I never thought I would, teaching skills I never thought I would, with a group of amazing children and even more incredible staff. The memories I made playing games and putting on shows at camp are memories I’ll cherish forever.

Q: In what ways did the trip enhance your CV?

A: Completing all the lesson plans and preparation for the lessons then completely running and delivering my activity shows that I am organised and self-motivated. Partaking in CA in itself demonstrates confidence, people skills and creativity which is a great attribute to have.

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Photo: Gabriella Dancer, BA Criminology
Gabriella Dancer, BA Criminology