Camp moments – big and small

/Camp moments – big and small

Camp moments – big and small

We do BIG things at camp. We have camp carnivals with games, prizes, motorcycle rides, a dunk tank and fire truck rides. We transform bland cafeterias into dazzling cruise lounges. We put together over 25 daily class offerings including film class, archery, canoeing, jewelry making, duct tape designs, bottle rocketry, and much more.

 

Taking pleasure in the little things....We do BIG things at camp. We have camp carnivals with games, prizes, motorcycle rides, a dunk tank and fire truck rides. We transform bland cafeterias into dazzling cruise lounges. We put together over 25 daily class offerings including film class, archery, canoeing, jewelry making, duct tape designs, bottle rocketry, and much more.

 

But while these are the activities that create the foundation of camp magic, the joy in camp life is not always in the grand events.

 

As I ate my grilled cheese sandwich at lunch yesterday, I looked up to see three campers giggle uncontrollably as they stood in front of the drink machine. They were furiously mixing orange, yellow, and purple Gatorade, creating new flavors that only young kids could love. That’s camp for me.

 

In the late afternoon, I was hurrying off on my latest assignment, passing through the “Hot Spot” – a place where kids can relax in the afternoon. One camper asked if anyone wanted to play chess. I put down my backpack and within 30 minutes, this nine-year-old chess whiz captured my king. “Checkmate!” he shouted and high-fived his friends that had gathered around to cheer him on. That’s camp for me.

 

Before lights out, a couple of teens gathered in my room to begin deciding on the song for our talent show act. We played cheesy songs, debated the merits of various reality TV shows, and shared silly stories from home. There’s no judging, competition, or worries – only building of self-confidence, acceptance and independence. And that’s the best part of camp for me.

2011-08-16T14:23:10+00:00 Camp Fantastic|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Eileen Treon August 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    🙂 thank you for your tender words about ” the best part of camp for Me”. -E. Treon

  2. Astrid Rippy August 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Erica:

    Love the picture and blog. That is our daughter Allison in the pink hat in the picture. Hope you are all having a great week and she is having fun! Thanks so much for volunteering!
    Jim & Astrid Rippy

  3. Meg Williams August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am - Reply

    It all sounds absolutely fantastic – would love to be there sharing those big and small moments! (especially the chess, the grilled cheese and the Glamour….) 🙂 (PS I meant to rate this blog 5 stars but I might have accidentally rated it half a star…not true! It’s really *************** 😀

  4. Evelyn Arnold October 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Oh how I absolutely LOVE the young man in this picture!! He told me all about his “octopus weenie” =0)

  5. anthony January 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    amazimg;):):D:o:p

  6. Wells Berni July 30, 2012 at 4:03 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to go to the camp on August 17 to shoot the fireworks,it is such a thrill for me to do it for the kids.

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