That’s how fast camp goes. One day a kid boards the bus with nervous anticipation. The next, he heads home on the same bus with a smile and a lifetime of memories.
They don’t even realize that – in addition to having tons of fun – they’ve grown a lot.
The other day, we asked a few of our campers what they learned this summer. Here’s what they shouted – er, said:
- Counselors are cool. We talked about everything.
- Before I went to camp, people said the food stinks. It didn’t.
- I learned I could swim a lot farther than I thought. But the waterfront guys told me I could do it all along.
- It’s impossible for my counselor to pack everything back up the way my mom did before camp.
- It’s okay to wake up early if you don’t know what time it is.
- I’m not sure, but I may ask my parents if I can do yoga when I get home.
- Sometimes when people say “hurry up, you’ll be late,” they really mean it. Sometimes they don’t.
- I always thought I liked lacrosse better than soccer. Now I’m not sure.
- I saw my sister less this summer than I do at home. But it was still nice having her here.
- No one will clean up your cabin for you, except you.
- It’s really nice if your parents write a lot, even if they don’t say much in their letters.
- It’s hard to canoe when your paddle falls in the water.
- I have eight new best friends.
- When they tell you to bring a sweatshirt and a blanket, they know what they are talking about.
- I was positive I couldn’t live without my cell phone. Now I forget where I put it in my room before I left.
- How come no one ever told me that waterskiing was so much fun?
- It’s good to go on trips away from camp. And it’s good to come back.
- I like my new nickname a lot.
- When I came to camp I missed my dog. When I go home I’m going to miss my horse.
- Maine is an awesome state!
- It feels like I grew five inches, but the nurse says only one.
- I still can’t sing, but our play was amazing anyway.
- My goal in life is to come back as a counselor.