Summer Bonding Tips

April 29, 2014  |  Field Notes

ancIt’s the time of the year everyone loves. School’s out, and it feels like all of your worries can melt away in the summer heat. Just make sure the bond with your team isn’t melting away with them! While the summer is a great time to relax and take a break, it’s important to stay in touch with your squad. Even though most teams still have practices to prepare for camp, you should also have fun with your teammates outside of practices. Here are some great ideas to keep you and your squad close during the summer break:

1. Keep up the communication.

Communication is what keeps people close, and it will keep you updated on what’s going on with your teammates. Sending a group text or Facebook message is a convenient way to hold conversations with your entire squad. My team uses the app GroupMe to accommodate all twenty-eight of us. We use it daily to post inspirational quotes, funny pictures or to ask each other questions. Through staying in touch this way, we keep up with what’s going on in each other’s lives and can provide support for each other.

2. Raise some money.

Summer is the best time for fundraisers. Without homework and tests to worry about, you can easily find time to raise some money for your squad. The warm weather is perfect for car washes, yard sales and plenty of other outside activities! Jemison High School’s varsity cheerleaders hosted a car wash to raise money for their team, and that’s just one of many different ways to raise funds. You can even get in touch with local restaurants to discuss having a spirit night, where a percentage of the sales go to your team.

3. Bring back sleepovers.

That’s right! You’re never too old for a sleepover! Hanging out until the early hours of the morning can be one of the best ways to get to know someone. Painting fingernails, telling stories and just being silly are great ways to relax and have fun. Plus, you don’t have school the next morning, so you can stay up as late as you want!

4. Go on a field trip.

I’m not talking about the school-related field trips. I mean going somewhere as a team and doing something fun! Take a day trip to the beach or lake. Go for a hike. Go kayaking. The possibilities are endless, and your team will have fun and get to know each other better while enjoying the outdoors!

These are just a few of the ways you can stay close with your team during the summer. And when it’s time for camp, your squad will be closer than ever and ready to work hard to perform its very best!

-Allison Terrell