The sun is high in the sky, school is officially out, and you’ve made the cheer team after tryouts. You know what that means–it’s almost time for cheer camp! Anticipating cheer camp can be stressful, especially for first-time camp-goers, because it means that you’re going to be traveling with your team, learning challenging new skills, and stepping outside of your comfort zone with new people, places, and things. You might not even know what to bring! Even the most experienced cheerleader can forget how to stay focused once away from home, so we’ve put together our most popular camp articles to refer to as the ultimate cheer camp guide.

You can only bring so much to camp. So, what stays and what goes? There are many cheer and daily essentials that you’re going to regret if you leave them behind, but there is only so much room in your bag! Don’t worry–you can bring everything you need without over-packing. Knowing How to Pack for Cheer Camp Can Save Room in Your Travel Bag, so leave the guessing out of the equation. You’ll even have room to spare in case you bring back mementos!

Once you arrive (with your bag packed properly), you will find that you’re going to be working closely with other teams every day. This can be overwhelming for cheerleaders that aren’t overly outgoing. Even if you are the most extreme extrovert, you might find that friendships at camp are special ones that need to be nurtured afterward. Either way, we let you know easy ways to Make Friendships At Cheer Camp (and Make Them Last)!

There will be a lot of material thrown at you the minute you take the field with your team. Even though you’ll have breaks throughout the day, there is no way you’ll have time to write everything down until the evening–and by then, it could be too late! Before the tricks and tips you’re learning are in one ear and out the other, there are ways to boost your brain levels to avoid becoming overloaded. We’ve come up with 4 Memory Hacks to Help You Remember Everything You Learn at Cheer Camp. And, since camp is supposed to be fun and it is summertime, there is absolutely no homework necessary.

Yes, camp is a time that you learn new skills; it is also a time that you spend away from your parents, so the temptation to goof off might be higher than usual. That’s fine! However, the last thing you want to happen is an unexpected injury–either yours or someone else’s on your team–because you weren’t paying attention or not taking your camp drills seriously. You still have to come home in top condition, so reference these 4 Things that Ensure You Stay Safe at Cheer Camp This Year.

Speaking of going back home, cheer camp, unfortunately, always comes to an end. The days will fly by and, before you know it, you’ll be back on the bus or plane with your team. Traveling home is a great time to reflect on all the information you just learned, so hopefully you made the most of camp! In order to be sure that you did, here is How to Return Home from Cheer Camp Happy.

What else about cheer camp do you think is helpful to know ahead of time? What article in this list was the most useful for you? Let us know in the comments!