Camp America is the leading organisation when it comes to Summer Camp jobs – well that’s the hype anyway. I went through them last year for my Summer job and I am doing the same this year. Don’t get me wrong – I got where I wanted to be and they get the job done. I was in Oklahoma for 6 weeks and I wasn’t in Sheffield bored out of my brain. I was happy!
However, it did make me want to pull my hair out on more than one occasion. Which is not how you should be feeling when you’re paying an organisation nearly £1,000 to do a service for you. They do keep you regularly informed and whenever I rang up I got a lovely voice on the end of the line always doing the most they could to help me. Most of it was my fault too. I was definitely that person that they’d roll their eyes at on answering the phone, when it was my broad Yorkshire accent on the other side whittling at them because I hadn’t got placed yet. I must have made their day.
One thing that frustrated me more than not getting placed, (I was checking every half hour near the end), was that no where was there any place for advice. Yes you could ring CA themselves, but like I said you felt like you were bugging them and they’ve got better things to do them cheer me up and tell me everything is going to be okay. That’s my mums job. There is a forum on the CA website that I did like, real people telling me about their real problems that they were having, which were identical to mine. It was helpful. There are also blogs that you can write through the CA website, they were pretty good. But I felt like they were sugar coating it a little, that CA was the best thing since sliced bread and everyone will get placed at a millionaire camp in New York, and that is certainly not the case.
So I will not bullshit you (I’m from Yorkshire we’re not good at it). I’m not going to say you’re going to get placed, you may not. You may end up at a fancy Camp similar to the one Lohan stayed on Parent Trap, you may not. But I will give you some advice, tell you about my experiences and hopefully, in the end, everything will work out fine and you’ll have the best summer ever. Just like I did.