About two weeks ago in the middle of track practice I looked down at my phone. It had only been five minutes, but I was surprised to see 100 text messages all from my camp friends. I quickly checked to see what was happening and realized we had gotten our camp sisters! At my camp each girl in the oldest age group gets assigned a first year camper to introduce to camp, and it is a really big deal. I ran back outside and sprinted my workout; all the other runners had no idea what was going on and thought I was crazy. Finally I got home, ran for the mail, and saw a letter addressed to me from camp. I tore it open and read the name with the information of my camp sister. I was overjoyed, and this only made me even more excited for this summer. I couldn’t wait to share my love of camp with someone who is just starting their camp experience.
When I reminisce about my summers spent in Maine at camp, I can’t help but smile about my amazing memories and experiences. The past six summers at camp have allowed me to partake in so many new things that I would never have had the chance to try before. Some examples are waterskiing, making my own jewelry, and being responsible for my own wellbeing. I have made best friends who I keep in touch with all year round. There is nothing better than being surrounded by the beautiful outdoors with your best friends. When people ask me where my favorite place in the world is, I immediately reply without thinking that it is camp (even though my parents get mad when I say that).
This will be my last summer at camp, and it is truly bittersweet. I can’t wait to go back to my second home, but at the same time I know that when I arrive there it will be my last summer. Every year I look forward to camp, counting down every day. After this summer it will be extremely difficult but I will have to find something new to look forward to. I am forever grateful for this place that I call home. It has taught me some of the most important life lessons – to be a good leader, how to take care of myself, and how to be a kind person.
We have a saying at camp, “Do the thing that counts and then don’t count it”. This expression took me many years to fully grasp, but now through my experience, I fully understand. Do the right thing even when no one is watching. I try to be a better person and to live up to the ideals that camp taught me. I know I’ll stay connected to camp forever.
Maine Camp Experience Resources & Tools
Looking for the perfect Maine camp for your child? Try out our helpful tool where you can select a camp by choosing: type of camp (girls, boys or coed) and session length (1-8 weeks). It helps to narrow down a few camps to a manageable list that includes rates. Then you can research these camps in more depth.
Next, be sure to contact our Maine Campcierge™ to discuss these camps as well as for free, year-round advice and assistance on choosing a great Maine summer camp for your child.
Talk to Laurie, our Maine Campcierge®, about choosing the right camp for your child and what to do in Maine.