It’s almost time for cheer camp! This is the highlight of
many cheerleaders’ summers—and for good reason! It’s time spent with your cheer
friends and dedicated to becoming better cheerleaders. It doesn’t get much
better than that! If it’s your first time going to cheer camp though, you might
be feeling nerves along with excitement. That comes with any new
experience, but once you know what to expect, you’ll feel a lot more
comfortable. Here are four things to expect at cheer camp that you might not
have thought of yet:
- Lots of new
information. You will learn lots of new skills, exercises, training
methods, and choreography, plus tips and tricks for improving old skills.
Having so much information coming at you can feel overwhelming at times. That’s
normal and OK! Don’t hesitate to speak up if you need something repeated or
explained in a different way. It’s also a good idea to carry a notebook and pen
around with you to take notes. Just writing the information down may help you
retain it, but then you also have the notes to go back over that evening and
into the season when you need a reminder. If there isn’t an opportunity to take
notes at the time, jot them down after each session or when you get back to
- Roommates. If you
have your own room and bathroom at home, sharing a living space with other
girls might be a major change for you. But don’t worry—it will be good for you,
and it’s only for a few days. Plus, if you’re going to camp with your squad,
you won’t be living with strangers. This is a great opportunity to bond and get
to know your teammates better. In fact, you’ll probably have so much fun you
will stay up late talking and laughing.
- Fatigue. You are
going to get tired. You’ll have a packed schedule that will keep you going
non-stop from morning to night. Most of those scheduled events will be cheer
training—from choreography to stunting and conditioning. Plus, as we’ve already
discussed, you might be a little sleep-deprived from staying up late with your
friends. The best way to hold up under all this is to take care of yourself!
That means getting proper nutrients to fuel your body for your long days of
cheer and enough sleep to give your body time to recover. There will probably
be lots of candy and easy snack food going around the rooms, but do your best
to fill up on quality foods first so your body isn’t trying to function
primarily on gummy bears. As far as getting enough rest, bonding is important,
but it can be done within reasonable hours, too. But, chances are, after the
first day or two you will be asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.
- Fun, non-cheer
activities. Yes, there is such a thing! Many cheer camps have swimming
pools and game rooms for free time and even plan things like bonfires for the
evening. Cheer camp involves a lot of cheer, but you can expect to do some
non-cheer things, too. This will be a good chance to give your brain and
muscles a break from learning and practicing new skills. Plus, it will be a
great opportunity to bond with your teammates and make lots of memories!
What are you looking forward to most about cheer camp?