5 Tips To Make A New Friend At Camp

Posted by Tara Tomasko on May 21, 2015 3:26:00 PM

JKCP_2010_Day_3-9677Attending summer camp can be a very exciting time for students or it can be very nerve racking. Some students are more extroverted and find it effortless to go to a new place, and engage with new people, while others find this more challenging. And that’s ok! We all have different levels of comfort when it comes to meeting new people and we want to make it easier for friendships to develop. Here is a list of tips to help make new friends while you are at camp:

1. Don’t Let Your Nerves Take Over

It’s OK to be nervous, but don’t let that stop you from making friends. Remember almost everyone is at camp by themselves, so don’t be intimidated to start a new conversation with someone. Take comfort in knowing that as much as you are nervous, the other person is too.

2. Befriend Your Roommate(s)

They are most likely the first students you will meet, along with the people you will spend a majority of your time with since you will be sharing the same room. Getting a conversation going with your roommate(s) can be a great way for you to warm up on how you want to approach the other students at camp.

3. Be Approachable

If you are feeling hesitant don’t shut yourself off by hiding in your phone. If you seem distracted or distant, chances are other students will avoid you because you seem less interested in conversing with them. Try to stay present and smile so others know you are open to making new friends.

4. Say Hi

Something as simple as “hi” can make all the difference. A small gesture can turn into a long conversation and eventually a new friendship!

5. Ice Breaker Questions
If you need some topics to get the conversation going once you say “hi” to a new student try these ice breaker questions:
  • Where are you from?

  • How old are you?

  • Are you in any sports or clubs in school?

  • What type of music do you like/who is your favorite artist?

  • What is the last movie you saw?

  • What is your favorite food?

  • Do you have any pets?

  • Have you been to camp before?

  • What classes are you taking?

  • What weekend trip are you going on?

Camp is an excellent environment that nurtures friendship building, but you have to be open to getting out of your comfort zone to make those new friends. Try these tips and you will go home with lasting friendships.

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Topics: High School Summer Programs, Middle School Summer Programs

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