Band camp (part two)
by, 28th August 2009 at 10:23 AM (349 Views)
Well, no that I'm back from my vacation, it's time for part two. The accomodation.
Well, everyone sleeps in a cabin with anywhere from five to ten roommates. The cabins are like little shacks, there's dead bugs everywhere, and they're filthy. And they're out in a wooded area, which is VERY hazardous to walk around in if you aren't paying attention or if it's night. I think I tripped about twelve times out there between the two nights and three days I was there.
There's also a really shitty light in each of the cabins that turns off automatically at eleven each night and turns back on at 6:45 every morning. And you can't turn it on between those times, so if you want to get up earlier than 6:45, good luck finding your stuff.
From what I've seen from the upperclassmen, it's recommended that you keep the door to your cabin open whenever somebody's in there for ventillation purposes. I've also noticed that nobody really has any qualms about changing their clothes in the cabins with the door wide open. The boys' cabins are kept in a seperate area from the girls', and neither sexes are allowed in the others' cabin areas. So that's alright.
During the two nights I was there, there were these two other freshmen- besides Aki and myself -who WOULD NOT STOP TALKING AND SCREWING AROUND WITH THEIR CELLPHONES AT NIGHT. And they only screwed around after lights out. This made it extremely difficult to get to sleep at night. And at camp, you really need sleep because you're marching for about three hours a day.
Now for my next topic- the food. My mom and I went to a meeting about band camp and what you need for it, and our band director told us that there was a snack bar there and to not bring your own snacks. Even still, my mom packed me a little container of gummy bears and another little container of crackers, just in case.
Oh, he couldn'tve been more wrong. I asked all three of the upperclassmen in my cabin, and they said that there is no snack bar, and there most likely will never be one. That's why pretty much everyone at band camp- except for the freshmen who didn't know what camp was going to be like, i.e. me -brought their own snacks. And it's because of the food they serve there.
The food that they serve you at band camp varies from palatable (hot dogs on the grill) to absolutely unbearable (taco beef). On our second day, Aki and I noticed that most people brought their own boxes of cereal, Poptarts, or other things to eat. I mean, they can't seriously expect everyone to survive on that food alone. In fact one of my upperclassmen told me that the first time she was at band camp, she lost twenty pounds because she didn't bring any snacks and she didn't eat the food.
There aren't even any vending machines there where you can get a bottle of water, or... anything. The only water you get is the water out of the five-gallon water coolers during band practice or if the volunteers are nice enough to provide 140 bottles of water to the band. You're also allowed to refil water bottles at the coolers during practice, but if you didn't bring your own water bottle, you're screwed. That's the ONLY water at the camp. There aren't even any drinking fountains, and you can't get water during any of the numerous break times you have throughout the day.
My mom thought that I would be able to get a bottle of water or some snacks at camp, but there's NOTHING. Now I know why most people packed their stuff in giant Rubbermaid containers- they were like half-filled with snacks. I burned through all of my snacks in about a day and a half.
Well, I guess that's enough rambling for now. I'll be back for part three in a few days, so... bye.
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