Cadets Overload: 6 Ways to Be the Worst Person at Camp

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1. Forget Your Flip Flops

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What could be worse than trying to get clean while standing barefoot on a grimy high school locker room floor?


1a. Forget Your Towel

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For those who bravely venture into the unknown and voluntarily shower barefoot all summer long, we've created 1a. If you're using your horn towel to dry off after your shower, you're doing it wrong.

 

2. Don't RSVP

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But seriously... just RSVP. It takes two minutes and it helps the admin team out a lot. And we love our admin team. And we also love communication and having rides to and from the airport. 


3. Eat Alone

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This is an opportunity to meet new people who share your passions! Just about everyone will be some degree of nervous, but The Cadets is a friendly environment and a surprisingly perfect place to discover how to truly be yourself. Dive into it. You won't regret it.


4. Hold Back

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Not the best at weapon technique? Put yourself in the front of the block! Coming in early or hanging a release may be inexcusable in July, but we’d rather you make a mistake than spend the weekend ankle-deep in rehearsal. Jump in! This weekend may present challenges you’ve never encountered. You’ll probably get tired or frustrated, but don’t give up on yourself. Take the advice the staff gives you and challenge yourself to exceed your own expectations.


5. Think You're the Only One Struggling

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Drum corps creates strong bonds between members because they push through pain and frustration together. Don’t think you’re the only one who’s having a hard time. We repeat: DO NOT feel alone! That third-year baritone player two people down from you who looks like a total badass? Yeah, his arms are tired and his back is sore, too. And guess what? He’s a total goof when you get to know him. We’re all human, and we’re all in this together – Cadets and Cadets2 alike. So embrace the challenge, and show yourself what you’re capable of!


6. Yell "PRIDE!" When Called to Attention at Dismissal

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No judgment here; we just prefer to dial it down a few notches. Save yourself the embarrassment and leave the "Shoulders back, chest out" bit for the fall. :)

 

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