Camp Counsellor of the Week: Lee

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Each week we'll be showcasing our awesome camp counsellors who headed over to the US on BUNAC's Summer Camp USA programme. We'll get the lowdown on their experience, find out what life is like at camp and why you should definitely take the plunge and apply to the programme and experience life across the pond as a counsellor next summer!

Name: Lee Boynton

Age: 25

Hometown: Darlington

University: Teesside

University course: Exercise Science

Name of Camp: Camp White Eagle and Camp Kupugani

Position(s) at Camp: Counsellor, deputy director, administrator, lifeguard, maintenance, Jack of All Trades

1. What were your first impressions of camp when you arrived? 

The natural beauty of the place and the remoteness impressed me from the start which helped me to really appreciate the scenery.

2. What is your role at camp/what are you teaching?

Initially I was hired as admin and a camp counsellor, but I became deputy director for a week with a full capacity camp. Everyone at camp had to understand every activity so I enjoyed learning new skills and having fun at the same time.

3. What has been your favourite moment so far?

Having a huge staff versus campers football (soccer) match which involved about 50 people playing.

4. What has been your biggest challenge since arriving at camp?

The isolation from electronics and the internet as we have very limited phone and internet access, but you learn to spend your time more productively than sat in front of a computer.

5. Has camp met your expectations?

Definitely! I was anxious before arriving, but my fellow counsellors and campers have made it a great experience.

6. Do you plan to do any travelling after camp? If so, where?

I have an aunt in New Orleans and a few friends in Chicago so those cities are going to be visited first, and then I think a trip to New York is a must.

7. What is the best thing about being a camp counsellor?

Getting to know the campers and seeing them enjoy themselves with all the different activities at camp. Outdoor rock climbing is my personal favourite.

8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of applying for Summer Camp 2016?

It’s an opportunity to have a really rewarding job which can implement your CV while making you a better person from the experience. 

If you want an epic summer in the USA like Lee, give us a call on 033 3999 7516 to start your Summer Camp USA application. Regional interviews are taking place now!