1) Acclimate your body to working outdoors. If the only time you go outside is during band camp, your body will not be ready for the heat and exertion. Do some form of activity regularly to be prepared. Walk, bike, skate, jog, swim, play ultimate frisbee, play tennis, but do something.
2) Get into the habit of drinking water and eating water-enriched foods. Hydration is key to avoiding those "the world is turning dark and spinning" moments during camp.
3) a couple of weeks before camp, adjust your body schedule to imitate the upcoming times of camp rehearsal. Go to bed earlier and get up before 8 a.m. We need functional, thinking young people at camp...not stumbling, sleep deprived zombies.
4) Play your instrument regularly. During camp, you will log more hours on the instrument than at any other time during the year. If you are exhausted and your playing muscles are shot after a few minutes, you won't be able to fully participate.
5) DO NOT pick band camp week as your week to try and lose weight....eat regular meals. More importantly, NEVER rely on caffeine, sugar, or energy drinks to get you through. Your body will malfunction and you could do serious physical damage to your system.
6) Wear sunscreen. Apply often. Nothing is more frustrating than being in pain all week. You also do not want to look like an old, worn out piece of leather luggage when you get older.
7) Take good physical care of yourself. Don't take unnecessary risks. A sprained ankle, broken arm, busted lip, or concussion will do nothing to help you learn your parts and perform. Use common sense (Google it if you need a definition).
We want to see you feeling good, practicing well, and learning a lot as we go through the process of creating the Fall show.