From One Camper To Another:
How to worry less and enjoy camp more
A couple of summers ago, right after I got out of school, there were millions of butterflies in my stomach. School’s out, the pressure’s off. Why did I feel this way?
Because I was going to Camp Towhee. I was scared I would be too homesick to have a good time. As much as I wanted to go, the idea of being away from home for a few weeks still frightened me.
When I went to my mother (who is usually good at this sort of thing), she really didn’t know what to say. Then I thought of going to some of my friends who had already been to camp. That’s where I struck it rich! I got lots of advice, and it sounded as if it would really work.
It did. I went to camp and had the best summer of my life.
Because my friend’s advice worked for me, I thought some advice from one kid to another might help you worry less and enjoy camp more. So here it is:
In addition to all the things on your camp list, you might like to bring some of the following things with you. This is the stuff that will make it easier to be away.
- A flashlight, in case you need to get up late at night.
- Pictures of family or friends or pets.
- Tape to hang things (like family photos and letters) on the wall.
- Choose a stuffed animal or something you really treasure (like your favourite hat, etc.) to have a bit of home with you. Don’t worry about being embarrassed. Most of the kids bring something like this.
- Pack something you like to do. For example, if you like to play dominos, take along your domino set.
- Playing cards are a must. They are small and easy to pack, and something everyone has fun playing.
- There’s some time to read so books come in handy, but this isn’t the time for long books. There are lots of interruptions, so bring shorter books so that reading them will be fun, and not boring.
- Ask your parents if you can have a disposable camera so you can take pictures of you friends at camp. These are treasures you’ll always want to have, and a disposable camera means you don’t have to worry about losing something valuable.
- Bring a big t-shirt and a fabric marker. Then have your friends sign it. It’s fun to have a “memory” shirt of your camp friends.
- When you’re writing home to your family and friends be sure to include the camp address in every letter. You may think they already have it, but people can lose addresses easily. My mom pre-addressed some envelopes for me. It made writing home a lot easier, and that was a help when I didn’t have a lot of time. (They do like you to write.)
Most important is to have fun!!!