Packing: The key to packing for Big Bear is to limit what you bring. It is essential to realize that you do not need a lot of things that you would like to bring, and those will only result in taking up space in your cabin, or getting lost. For example, you probably could do without your favorite pair of shorts, but you should definitely bring your phone charger – unless you happen to lose your phone in the snow on the very last day of the trip.
Bus Ride: Here’s a tip: If you can’t sing, don’t sing. The bus ride consists of much talking and laughing with friends, singing annoying pop songs, sleeping, and having random photo shoots capturing embarrassing moments of your peers.
Cabins: Rush to find your cabin, often named after an animal of some sort. If you happen to be in the largest of cabins, Squirrel’s Nest, then prepare to be invaded by older EEPsters, who take up the pool table and lounging area. Be sure to admire the lovely wall décor – including a large stuffed moose head you see every morning.
Exploring Other Cabins: When exploring other cabins, it is imperative that you respect the rules of that cabin. Please don’t steal others’ food without asking. In addition, be ready to be pelted with water bottles, and have humiliating videos of you attempting Dance Dance Revolution, even though you know you cannot dance. Be prepared for lots of laughs all throughout the day!
Freshmen Girls: If you are a Freshman girl – then this is your lucky year in Big Bear! You are provided the great opportunity of doing all the chores in your cabin, which include washing dishes at least five times a day, sweeping, and maintaining the kitchen. Don’t worry; you can also cook for everyone else! Food ranges from making French toast for breakfast, to eating shrimp soup and vegetarian hot dogs for dinner! Yummy!
Tubing: There is a day when all the cabins get together to walk down to go tubing! Try not to wear jeans, or your butt will get soaked. This is a great time to hang out with friends, and experiment lots of ways to link arms and legs in enormous chains and go down the slope. Take part is races and see which lane in the fastest, but be careful not to fall off your tube in the middle of going down. Don’t forget to let the super sweet Yearbook DVD Chair hold your stuff while you are tubing! Note that snowball fights are not allowed in the fake snow. In addition, don’t forget to bring a couple extra dollars, because if tubing does get tiring, you can take a break and grab a snack in the nearby arcade. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated, but enjoy some fries as well. After that, if somehow you do get convinced to go down the Great Slide, make sure you know how to speed up and slow down, as well as other basic controls. Also, you shouldn’t attempt to videotape the ride down, because you will fall off your slide, and experience great pain for the rest of the day.
Town: Some EEPsters decide to take a day to explore town. Here’s a tip: do not attempt to go a couple hours before dark the night before it’s supposed to snow, because you will be freezing. If you do, however, make that mistake – take shelter in a nearby fast-food place, and enjoy fries! In spite of this, it is crucial that you do not use the bathroom in the fast-food restaurant, because the floors will be covered with unidentified liquids. When in town, enjoy picking up delicious chocolate for yourself and your brothers, as well as eating ice-cream (even though its less than thirty degrees outside). Be sure to visit the $3 or Less Store, and buy matching hats and fuzzy earmuffs with your best friends! In addition, be on the lookout for birthday presents. Options include: a swirly rainbow lollipop for girls, and bacon-and-cheese-flavored crickets for boys! (Note that boys are far less excited about their presents than girls.) At the end of your day’s adventures, make sure you have the number of a nice chaperone handy to come and pick you up!
TV: Spend time relaxing indoors, because at the end of the day: you are an EEPster, and what do EEPsters do best? Watch Law and Order: SVU for hours on end, of course! Hoard a drawer full of sodas in your room, and snuggle up with your favorite Snuggies and Pillow Pets on a couch and watch TV. Bring a curling iron and hair accessories to jazz up a friend’s hair while your watching your favorite show in the world! If a friend happens to fall asleep, it is essential that you take embarrassing videos of them. At the end of a long day of doing nothing, you can attempt to organize a pool of money to buy enough pizza for a large group, and watch X-Factor.
Snow: If it doesn’t snow until the very last day: make sure you pull an all-nighter with friends to watch the snowfall! However, no matter how hard you try – you will fall asleep at some point in the night underneath the pool table. While you are actually awake, though, put on your warmest clothes and have midnight snowball fights. Try your hardest not to slip on the icy concrete! Attempt to make a small snowman around midnight, and name him Slender Snowman. Around 2am, you can build a larger one. Finally, at around 4am, you can finish a whole snowman family and have a photo shoot with them! Be prepared to see them dismantled by daybreak, though. Don’t forget gloves and boots – besides those few brave daredevils who decided to spend the entire night barefoot in the snow! Overall, enjoy the beautiful wildlife.
Games: Be ready for the constant Mafia games, all throughout the night – some of which are more intense than others. Even Alumni participate in this activity! Besides that, you can attempt to be a part of the silent but stressful Mao game. If you have an elder compliment you, you know you are on the right track. Only the bravest of Freshman decide to go to the unspoken of Dare or Dare Game held in one cabin each year. However, we often hear rumors spread of the worst dares that come out of that night…
*All in all, be prepared to have much fun and a nice bonding experience with friends! Be sure to thank everyone who made the event possible! (: