“She can check in starting at 2pm, and we plan to be there between 2 & 2:15 so she can get a “good” bunk.”
I met my ex and our daughter at drop-off for camp this past Sunday .. can’t believe we’re halfway through the week already.
It’s the second year in a row now, we’ve done a week of overnight camp. She’s wanted to do it for a long time but finally mustered up the courage this past year for her first week away from home. She didn’t want either of us, her parents, to leave. But then at pick-up, she .. as you can expect, also didn’t want to come home.
I’m so excited for her, camp was always something I enjoyed so much as
a kid, but never got to do much of. Went to one track and field FCA camp .. basketball camp a couple times .. but that was pretty much it. Ever. I felt pretty lucky I got to go to those that I did. And very few of our friends ever went either so I thought it was the norm that camp was a pretty big deal.
My (our) daughter on the other hand, has pretty much been in camp non-stop on some level each summer as she’s grown up, because quite honestly it’s been one of the easiest, most reassuring she’s in good hands and economical options for her parents (myself and the ex). She’s gotten some great experience and had a ton of fun over the years. Music, sports, water, pure social, acting, art, animals, you name it .. she’s probably been at the camp. Week after week. Just about every summer.
But last summer..
She asked to not have to go so much. And as she’s gotten older, I agree. There are better ways for us to manage the time involved, the value of and the expense of it all. Plus, there are only a few camps anymore she really asks to go to .. some she’d like to attend and a few I think would be good for her. And I want her to be able to have those experiences.
This week, it’s horse camp.
And .. it’s only the hottest week so far of the year with temperatures soaring into the 90’s for days on end. I’ve been a bit worried about the girls and the staff this week .. I called to ask a counselor this morning if there might be anything any of the parents can do or bring ..
“No, we should be good,” replied the young woman who answered.
They will be spending perhaps not as much time on horseback this week and more time on field trips or in a pool or spraying each other with water. Either way, she told me, they are good and camp will be keeping a close eye on them all.