Back in the day I went to sleep away camp. For three years I went to Santa Maria Camp on Turkey Foot Lake in Akron Ohio. It was condemned and torn down (really) so my last summer camp was a YMCA Camp. Here’s a compilation of what I learned from those weeks away from home:
- How to securely tie my shoes. This skill eluded me for years Necessity & self-preservation forced me to quickly learn how to tie and double tie my shoelaces. Nobody was there to do it for me.
- I learned how important it was to send letters. I was morose on the days when I didn’t get a letter or postcard. Throughout college I tried to write my grandparents regularly because I remembered how much their letters meant to me when I was a homesick camper.
- I learned how to make S’Mores! This was the first recipe I ever mastered.
- I learned about May apples, Queen Anne’s Lace, Jack in the Pulpit and all sorts of wildflowers. I still love walking in the woods and looking for wildflowers.
- I learned so many corny songs including, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” and “ Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”.
That’s how summer camp changed my life for the better. I’d love to hear someone else’s experiences!