I went to camp a lot in elementary and middle school. Being an only child, it was one of the few times I was able to see my friends who didn’t live near by. Sports camp, music camp, church camp, and girl scout camp, I went to them all. It didn’t matter if it’s day camp or overnight, whether I’m working it or attending. I had some bad times. Once I lost all of my belongings in a thunderstorm. But I had some good ones too.
This next week I will be a counselor for Summer Speech Institute and Broadcasting Bootcamp. So in honor of that here are a few of my favorite memories of camp:
The first time I went to camp. I attended family camp at Camp Sacajawea. Unfortunately, my dad could not come with my mom and I, so my mom’s best friend came with us instead. I don’t remember much to be honest. All I remember was spending the night in our little cabin counting the bugs with my flashlight. My mom and godmother remember it a lot better. I love hearing them tell stories of it like when they got lost going to the latrines one night. That first experience did not deter me away from camp. I attended Camp Sac for the next 4 summers.
- I spent many summers, spring recharges, and fall recharges at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp. My favorite activity was playing Bonkers. Bonkers was a tag type of game where the counselors tried to chase down the campers with socks full of powder while we tried to complete tasks. There’s not a specific game that has any strong feelings. I loved the exhilaration of being chased, the fascination of working my mind to complete riddles.
- Dorian Music Camp was one of the best thing that happened to me in junior high. For one week my life revolved around creating, creating music, art and memories. My favorite summer was my 2nd year at Dorian. I didn’t do band that year, instead I took an art class which focused on metal working and design. I spent the week carving designs out of Styrofoam. Even in my free time, I sketched ideas for my final project–a medallion. I finally decided on a simple but abstract design. Hidden within little half squares was the word life. I was and still am proud of it.
- My Girl Scout troop was one of the oldest active troops in our area. All of our moms were on the organizational committee of Day Camp so it was only natural that we stepped up and became more and more involved. Once in high school, we were a major part of Day Camp. We helped pick the theme for the year, attended meetings in January, and did everything we could to make that year a great year. I put a lot of time, energy and effort into the camp and it was a wonderful feeling to have it run so smoothly each year.
Today was day 2 of camp. It’s enlightening to see the campers learn and make friends. I can’t wait to see what the next three days hold.