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Old 05-25-2012, 01:36 PM   #41
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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.
As you may know, Saugatuck is a really picturesque little upscale resort village now, we visit once or twice each summer. The "orientation" may have changed since you last visited if you haven't been there lately. First time we visited I walked by a T-shirt shop and there was a shirt in the window with "Saugatuck - where the women are tough, and the men are pretty." Being a little slow on the uptake, it took me a few minutes to figure it out. DW likes going there, I always hold her hand there...

And I've enjoyed this thread too. I hadn't even remembered summer camp until this thread reminded me, fun memories.

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Old 05-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Being poor when your friends aren't really sucks, especially when you are a kid.
I can believe that, but never experienced it. I was poor and so were my friends, but we always had a great time on summer vacations and all year round for that matter.

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Old 05-25-2012, 02:05 PM   #43
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I don't think I knew anyone who went to camp when I was the age I might have wanted to go to camp (but with my imaginary Parent Trap camp visits, I was perfectly happy!) or in a social/financial position to be sent to camp. In high school my two best friends' families were well off, however, and not only was I never envious, I will always be grateful for those friendships and how they opened up the world and its possibilities to me.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #44
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O.K.--I'll do a couple of camp stories, but have probably mentioned them before. Went to church camp 2 or 3 summers. At the end of the week they had a big water-ball contest at the lake that was supposed to be the highlight of the week. They tossed a volleyball toward the middle of the lake, then all the boys from every cabin took off after it, and whoever brought it to shore under their possession won. Usually took about an hour of punching and near drowning to end the contest. Believe it or not, I was a pretty fast swimmer back in the day. So I tell my cabin buddy to just stand on the shore. Game begins, and I swim like a shark, get the ball, throw it to my buddy on shore--contest over--took about 2 minutes. Counselors were pizzed off big time--too bad. Another year I had a buddy mail me my 'forgotten' sneakers (each one with a 1/2 pint of booze stuffed in each shoe--but some jerk stole my stash). Think the last year buddy & I snuck off into town and I got a 12-pack using my brother's draft card. Buddy & I had to each snarf down a six-pack in about 40 minutes to make it back by curfew--didn't look too good on arriving and counselor was so mad he wanted to ship us back home, but had no way to do so. Also, wife to be got appendicitis and had to be taken to local hosipital for the operation. Super good times, and I miss them. God, we were carefree and didn't worry about anything.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #45
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I got forced into 2 years of church camp when I was younger. I remember raising a fit about it to ensure the consecutive years streak ended at 2. But I loved going and spending a month each summer with my grandparents. I was probably 10-12 years old and I would hop on the transit bus by myself for a 3 hour ride and grandparents would pick me up at the bus depot. I think they would call that parental neglect now, but I remember thinking it was fun and I knew which town to get off at. I don't think I would have got lost even if they hadn't shown up as it only had about 500 people living in it.
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When I was perhaps 6, I was sent off to a day camp organized by the town we lived in. We were supposed to wait on a certain corner, and a bus to take us to camp would be along at 7:45 each morning. Well come the first day of camp, I arrived at the corner, along with a couple of other campers. We waited a little while, and along came a bus. It was a big white bus, and the sign in the front had the word "camp" on it, so we boarded the bus, found seats, and soon found ourselves pulling into a campground.

Now, while seated on the bus we noticed that all the other kids had on white shirts with "camp" on them, which were further decorated with a big cross and some ovals. We didn't have these neat shirts, but perhaps they would be supplied when we got to the camp. Or not...

It didn't take too long before someone at the camp noticed that not only were we missing our camper shirts, but we also didn't have our swim suits, permission slips, paperwork, or worst of all, our prayer books. All I knew was that I was spending the day sitting on a bench with a couple of other kids, while a bunch of grown ups took turns praying over us. I would rather have been running around playing with all the other kids, but the grown ups thought that what we needed was a lot of prayer.

Eventually it was lunch time, and the other kids were herded into an open tent full of picnic tables for their lunch. The grown up minding us brought us over to the lunch tent, and told us that as we weren't really in their camp, we weren't entitled to lunch, but The Lord wanted us to have these peanut butter sandwiches, and we should thank him properly. I looked around, but saw no sign of an older gentleman with a beard to thank for our lunch. Now, I don't recall all the details, but there was a fair amount of heated discussion at this point, largely from a couple of the grown ups. We kids were mostly quiet, while we tried to figure out what sort of responses the grown ups wanted. They did eventually let us eat the sandwiches.

We returned to our bench to wait out the afternoon, until the busses returned and everyone was loaded back on board. The three of us were seated in the front of the bus with one of the grown ups from the camp, who herded us off the bus when we got back into town. I was surprised to see our parents there at the bus stop waiting for us, as I figured that I'd just be walking home. Much later I had learned that the town camp had called them when we didn't show up, and there had been quite a fuss until we were tracked down to the other camp. My mom had kept the newspaper clipping of the event. (Hey, big news for a small town...)

The next day, there were folks from both camps at the bus stop, to make sure that we little heathens got on the right bus...
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:16 PM   #47
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Great story, M Paquette.

My church camp experience was closer to Payin-the-Toll's, however.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:08 PM   #48
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Funny story MPaquette. Based on my personal experience anyways, you got off lucky only having to attend one day.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:00 AM   #49
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Summers my brother and I would pack up and go to Broad Creek Boy Scout Camp in Whiteford MD. Later as an adult I taught Herpetology at Science Camps in the Baltimore area.

My first outing was with about 6 young people in the Muskrat cabin. I always treated the brainyack kids as adults. So we were supposed to do a skit at the last campfire. I met with the kids and they all said that they could pull it off themselves, so I give it no other thought. Well the last campfire everyone does their skit, and its our turn. One kid stands up and announces that we don't have a skit, because Mr G wouldn't help us. I just sort of faded away into the bushes.

I did get asked back, because I found the kids lots of snakes, even a Copperhead.

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