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Old 05-24-2012, 07:01 PM   #21
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I felt sorry for a lot of the kids at my summer camp. It seemed to me that a significant number went to boarding schools during the year, and were sent to camp all summer so they seldom if ever saw their parents, home, or family. I felt so lucky that I had a home and family to return to after the summer and my heart ached for those who didn't.

Come to think of it, being with Grandma & Grandpa...I wouldn't trade it for the world. One summer (11 years old) we traveled with them in their trailer throughout Oregon and California. Both my twin brother and I consider that summer the best of our entire childhood. We pretended we were gypsies.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:18 PM   #22
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I felt a little abandoned, being sent off on a plane by myself to a bunch of strangers a thousand miles away at barely ten years old. But once I was there, and got to know people, I felt better about it.
Same here! At 10, I didn't really have a grasp of the cost, nor did I have an appreciation for my ability to go. I only knew that I was put on a bus with a bunch of strange kids... collecting more kids periodically... all the way to NH.

It was pretty traumatic, really. (At least if I was put on a plane... the adventure of a flight would have distracted me.) Nine hours on a bus gives a kid plenty of time to worry.

Like you though, I settled in... learned to adjust to new people & environments and, eventually, hated to leave when the time came. Oh, and I also learned not to slurp my cereal at breakfast - when a counselor smacked me on the top of the head with a serving spoon. I swear I saw stars!

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And, how fun that your camp, Seeking Hobbes, was on Lake Winnipesaukee. What About Bob? is one of my favorite movies, and a significant portion of the movie takes place there.
You know? I've never seen that movie & I heard that it was filmed on Lake Winnipesaukee. I'll have to check it out. BTW, the lake was beautiful... crystal clear and perfect. In fact, I don't remember ever taking a shower... we were constantly in the water.
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You know? I've never seen that movie & I heard that it was filmed on Lake Winnipesaukee. I'll have to check it out. BTW, the lake was beautiful... crystal clear and perfect. In fact, I don't remember ever taking a shower... we were constantly in the water.
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It was located on Cow island in lake Winnipesaukee.

I was just getting over my trauma about summer camp when I noticed it was Lake Winipesaukee . I think I need to call Dr. Leo Marvin for extended therapy !
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I was just getting over my trauma about summer camp when I noticed it was Lake Winipesaukee . I think I need to call Dr. Leo Marvin for extended therapy !
Just baby step your way to getting over the trauma! Maybe he will write you a prescription for a vacation from your problems
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My family didn't have much money but we found out about a camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pa. run by the Big Brothers charity call Camp Wyomissing. I went there for two summers as a camper and then 1 summer as a junior counselor. I loved it. The camp was almost totally sports oriented. We played a 7 inning baseball (not softball) game every day and a full court basketball game every day. The senior counselors were mostly college varsity athletes. We swam and canoed in the Delaware River.

During college I ran the swimming program at a summer camp for disabled children where one of my lifeguards later became Mrs. Grumpy.

So summer camp has lots of great memories for me.
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YMCA's Camp Grady Spruce on Possum Kingdom Lake for me and my brothers. Good mix of kids, as they offered lots of scholarships.

Great memories. All boys - dodgeball on a tennis court was the nightly blood sport.

I looked up the web site and they are still in business. I believe my brother sent his kid up there for a session a few years ago.

They've gone soft, though:
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Back in the day, we had open-air structures on a slab. Kind of a big version of a highway picnic shelter with cots for 8 kids and a counselor. There were canvas walls that could be rolled down if a thunderstorm came through. The latrine / shower building had running water, but it was walk.

Hot as hot can be in that part of North Texas. We spent a LOT of time in the water. Nature hikes were like going to REWahoo's Texas animal parade. Shaking out your shoes to let any stray scorpions escape was part of the "welcome" speech.
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Back in the day, we had open-air structures on a slab. Kind of a big version of a highway picnic shelter with cots for 8 kids and a counselor. There were canvas walls that could be rolled down if a thunderstorm came through. The latrine / shower building had running water, but it was walk.
That is what we had, too. Every morning we rolled the canvas up to air things out, and every night we let it back down. After taps, if we wanted to walk down the hill to the latrine we had to summon a counselor to escort us with a flashlight, I guess due to snakes.
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Amazing! Kids are still making them, I guess. The supplies cost less than I imagined.

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Anybody else make one of these?
Not me... looks pretty cool! Certainly more useful than a lanyard.
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Back in the 50s, I attended YMCA day camp; my parents didn't have the money to send me away to those sleep over summer camps. Day camp was OK, but probably nothing like what most of you experienced.
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Back in the 50s, I attended YMCA day camp; my parents didn't have the money to send me away to those sleep over summer camps. Day camp was OK, but probably nothing like what most of you experienced.
Maybe not. I guess it all depends on the camp, KWIM?

For example my daughter's (free) day camp was pretty much the same as what I experienced at a sleep over camp, except that she wasn't whisked a thousand miles away for it. There were some activities missing (like canoe and hiking), but some great activities added that we didn't have (like a rock climbing wall, gym/pool, and water park excursions). Most of the activities seemed about the same. Yes, she made those lanyards too.

We invited some friends that she liked to sleep over at our house, as opposed to the random kids in one's tent at a sleepover camp, and they had a lot of summer fun together.

Of course as parents, we didn't get the time away from childcare that we would have gotten had we sent her to a sleepover camp. Even though we could have afforded the sleepover camp, we chose to save the money and not have the child free time. She really didn't want to be sent off like that anyway.

Let's face it - - summer camp is fun, no matter how you do it!
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I went to day camp one summer when I was 8. I hated it. The only thing I remember from it was when we were playing kickball and a kid kicked the ball high into a nearby tree which had a big hornets nest in it. The nest fell to the ground and the hornets were pissed and stung one poor kid who was too close by and did not scatter away from it fast enough (he was okay). Just glad I was far away from it beforehand.

I worked for two summers at two different day camps years later and it had a great impact on my life but not in ways you might expect. I was the computer specialist at one of them and that was a nice plus for my resume. It also cemented my desire to be childfree which has greatly shaped my life in the last 30 years.
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Thanks for sharing all of your summer camp memories. What great fun you guys had.

We never had enough money for a TV or a car when I was growing up, though we eventually got both by the time I was in the 5th grade. Going to a summer camp was out of the question so I never even asked my Mom or Dad though I felt that if I really wanted to go they would somehow find a way to afford it, but I had 4 sisters also and that seemed to multiply the problem.

Instead of summer camp we rode our bikes all over town, played sandlot baseball for hours every day, built tree houses, made bows-arrows and had "wars" with guys in the "other neighborhood", went swimming in the river whenever we got hot, made rafts/boats to use on the river (though most sank soon after launch), camped out in the backyard whenever we wanted to...all with no supervision.

Come to think of it, we probably had a better time than those folks that could afford to go "camping".
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Wow, I am astounded by the envy some seem to feel regarding summer camp.
Really?

For me, that was an "activity" only rich kids did...
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This one time..at band camp............
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DW and I met at summer camp on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at Saugatuck, Mich. First as high school age campers and later as counselors. As inner city kids, we thought it was a great place to spend some of the summer walking the beach hand-in-hand as lovey-dovey teeny boppers. That would have been in the early 60's.

We camped on Madeline Island, in Lake Superior off Bayfield, Wis., the past couple of summers. The state park there has a 1.5 mile beach we also walked numerous times bringing back sweet memories.

Where did the years go? Thank goodness for FIRE and the time and opportunity to experience some re-do's of life's past pleasures!
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