My first weekend away at a Camp was during the summer between grade 7 and grade 8. We had just moved to a new house, in a new city and a new school. That’s a lot of change for a twelve year old. My parents thought it would be a great way for me to met new friends, nothing like jumping right in!
I knew no one. Not.A.Soul! At first it was a tad daunting… they all knew each other, being part of the church and school I was about to attend, they had known each other practically since birth. I never really suffered with shyness, so I threw myself into the mix, got involved, participated in the games as well as in the pranks. Toilet papering someones cabin was a first…
I must say, the first day of school, in that new city, in that new school wasn’t as scary as I’d imagined it would be. I didn’t feel like the “new kid.” Camp was, for me, the perfect way to infiltrate myself into this new life.
|That’s me in the Pink Sweatshirt near the front left. Grade 9 Camp
I went to Camp with this church for the following few years. It was a highlight of my summer. A chance to get out from home, be with my friends, feel a bit of independence, laugh, play and even meet a few new boys every now and then… 🙂
My hubby grew up going to church camps and as a Pastor, he takes kids away for a week each summer. They don’t normally go to one location, with one building and one mess hall. Most of the times they take the week to portage through some of the most incredible scenery God has ever created.
To us Camp was an important part of our youth, it’s an important part of our kids lives. It’s like a “right of passage” and I wouldn’t trade my camp memories for anything!
I’m participating in the Our Kids Camp Expo Blog Hop. Yesterday’s Camp Memory can be found at Help We’ve Got Kids, you should go read all about it!
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