A STUDENT from Sheffield will be spending summer in the States after his work for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service helped him bag a place at Camp America.
Dan Gourvenec, aged 21, from Beauchief, was picked out of more than 4,000 hopefuls to work at the Camp America outdoor adventure camp in Cleveland, Georgia.
Dan works as a volunteer at the Lifewise Centre, run by South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, once a week as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.
The centre runs educational programmes for youngsters teaching them how to stay safe when out and about and avoid becoming victims of crime.
Dan said: “Working at Lifewise has been a huge help to me.
“I speak with a stammer and that has sometimes affected my confidence but working with the staff and youngsters has really helped me overcome any confidence issues.
“Even so, I still never expected to be chosen.
“The selection day in Manchester was like something out of X Factor with thousands of people queuing up to see the camp bosses.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me I was in. It’s going to be amazing.”
Dan will spend three months working at the Barney Medintz camp running activities such as mountain biking and orienteering.
Then he will travel around America for another month before returning to the UK.
He said: “When the camp is over my girlfriend will be flying out to meet me so we’ll have another month to tour America.
“My trip will include Miami, Las Vegas and San Francisco.”