You know the drill. You have just finished Lakeland cheerleading tryout and you have made it to the team. Now that school is out and summer is in, it only means one thing—you and your team will travel for cheer camp. That means spending an inordinate amount of time with the rest of the members—sleeping, eating, training, playing, and learning together.
For some people, an activity like this could be highly stressful. They are stepping out of their comfort zones, meeting new people, going to different places, and learning new skills. If you know what to expect from a cheer camp, you will be better adjusted to these few weeks.
Bring the right gear
What’s a worst nightmare than finding out you have forgotten to bring your cheer gear? Where are you going to get them when you’re in the middle of nowhere for your cheer camp? Most camps are very nature-inspired, meaning you’re not smack in the middle of the city for it. You have to literally be in camp sites. Not only do you need to make sure you have the right cheer gear, you must also have all personal things with you—toiletries, sleepwear, etc.
Remember, though, there’s no need to overpack. Just bring what you will need to the camp. You also need to listen to your coach or head cheerleader about what things to bring.
Even if you are not familiar yet with the other members of the team, reach out and be friendly to them. If you want to work flawlessly together, you need to be friends with the other members of the team. This will allow you to face mistakes and losses better. You will also be better teammates when you have developed friendships outside the actual teammate relationships.
Open to learning
Be open to learning. Even if you think you know some of the stunts and skills they are trying to teach to you, have an open mind about it. Don’t be arrogant even if you are the senior in the group. Show the new ones how it should be done. Let them know that they can go to you if they need to, and allow them to look up to you. As a newbie, be disciplined in everything you need to know about Lakeland cheerleading. The reason why you’re a part of a cheerleading team is because they need your skills, so show them you’re willing to learn more.