My first group, after only one week of training, was a group of 7 five and six year old boys for Spring Break camp. That was one of the craziest groups of children ever, and after that, all other groups were easy!!! I learnt so many campfire songs, camp games, meal time songs, and camp skits that they are still going round and round in my head –even six weeks after camp has finished! During summer at Camp Deka, I got to take groups of children on outtrips. These camping trips would be between one and three nights, canoeing between each campsite. Camping out in Canadian summer thunderstorms is certainly an experience!! For the last two weeks of summer, I go to be involved with Eureka camp –a camp for children with invisible disabilities. That was just another great experience, in which I got to meet heaps of amazing people.
We got one week off during spring to travel as well as most weekends, and every weekend off in summer. So there was plenty of time to travel, and I got to see quite a lot of Canada in this time.
Taking a GAP year was the best thing for me to do after finishing school, and I’m so glad that I made the decision to do this through an organised GAP year programme like Lattitude. So if you are thinking about whether or not to take a GAP year, my advice would be Do It!! For me, working at camp for six months in another country was the best experience ever, and I have no regrets about my decision to do so.