It will be a busy week...here are some "survival tips":
1) Eat breakfast every morning. Drink water at night and again with breakfast. Staying hydrated is key to working outdoors. Eat at every meal. You will need fuel for your body. ENERGY DRINKS AND COFFEE ARE NOT SUBSTITUTES FOR FOOD/WATER/REST!!! You can do serious damage to your system with too much sugar and caffeine.
2) Wear sunscreen. Sunburn is no fun. Pain takes away from your enjoyment.
3) Wear light weight/light colored clothing and comfortable, broken in shoes (with socks).
4) Make good decisions. Running around and jumping on each others shoulders might seem fun...but if someone gets injured and has to sit out of camp, we all are slowed down in the process. This goes for any activity that might hold the potential for injury.
5) Conserve energy during breaks and down time. By the end of the week, you will need every ounce of energy that you have left.
6) Sore muscles are not a terminal condition. Marching band is a strenuous activity. If you are not in good shape, you might experience some discomfort...but you need to work through it. Legitimate injuries do sometimes occur...and need to be treated by a physician immediately. Minor aches are not a reason to sit out of rehearsal.
7) Get enough sleep. When you leave Pope at night after practice, do not attempt to stay up for 3-4 hours on social media or watching TV/movies. You should be able to get 8-9 hours of sleep...and you will need it.
8) If you have ANY questions, concerns, needs, etc., talk to the appropriate student leader, chaperone, or staff member. We can't help you if we do not know your situation.
9) Remember to bring lunch with you every day. We provide dinner.
10) It takes EVERYONE to perform a marching band show. Be at all scheduled rehearsals and activities. Social bonding time is just as important as rehearsals...you work as a unified team and you need to interact with others. We expect everyone to stay for the evening social events during camp.