Every time you have to go to a Jacksonville cheerleading camp, you get butterflies in your stomach, right? It feels like something exciting is always going on there. And you’re probably right because there, you’ll meet new friends, see some familiar faces, and learn new tricks and routines. Still, you have to make sure that you’re healthy, safe, and secured while in the cheer camp.
But honestly, how dangerous can a cheer camp be? It’s usually just tiny huts around a camp fire, right? It’s usually far away from the city and very near nature like forest and lakes. Well, accidents happen all the time and even to the most safe-conscious people. It’s important to take precautions.
Drink plenty of water
Since cheer camps are done every summer, the importance of staying hydrated cannot be highlighted enough. Make sure to drink plenty of water all throughout the day, so that you won’t lose the needed energy to get you through the routines and activities. Once dehydration sets in, that’s not easy to overcome. Heatstroke is also possible because of the rise in temperature. Always have a water bottle in hand and take a drink whenever possible.
Apply sunscreen on your skin
Another important thing you should remember is to always apply sunscreen all over your body. You may not think it’s important now but when you start getting your wrinkles, you’ll wish you could have listened to this advice. Not only will sunscreen keep your skin from getting damaged by the sun, it will also keep it from burning. Make sure to select a sunscreen with broad spectrum or full spectrum because these are designed to keep you safe from both UVA and UVB rays.
Abide by the rules
Always keep your focus and follow the camp rules. As soon as you arrive, you will be oriented to the camp rules—the do’s and don’t’s during your stay there. Make sure to put these all in practice. Remember, you’re not just there to make friends. You have to listen and learn, too. Your teammates are counting on you to stay focus on the task at hand—to learn as much as you can.
Use the buddy system
Never go anywhere alone and always tell your camp coach or counselor where you are going. Don’t wander off paths that are restricted or which the camp rules tell you not to go. Your buddy should be with you at all times. You have to trust her.