Blog post by Maine Camp Experience Guide, Laurie Kaiden.
I literally cackle-laughed as I read the first words I will ever receive from my daughter at camp, “Got candy? I don’t! My counselors took ours away. The only way I can get junk food is canteen … write a letter for candy. Dessert is fruit.” I’m still laughing as I read it again. Kinda funny that the cute candy-themed stationery she wanted now stands as the forbidden, taunting treasures she covets. Let’s get real though – a few weeks without much candy will be fine … and at least her P.S. at the bottom is, “The food is really good.” Other highlights from her time at camp in Maine included learning camp songs, and receiving her big sister who she likes a lot.
That wasn’t the real first letter though – the other one that arrived today was about the first day. It makes me happy to read that she just got to her camp and it’s already “so fun.” She told me a bit about the counselors and bunkmates. And, can you believe – her last line is, “Now I know what you mean – I have too much.” Like with Rosebud, I’m trying to decode. I think she may actually be saying that too much stuff is not necessary. Is that possible? (And hopefully the July 4th glasses and necklaces I packed aren’t part of the “too much.”) Could she really mean that? Though I don’t wanna read too, too deep into it – because she asked me to please send more “duck” tape. I wonder how she’s managing to handle all her clothes, bedding/pillows/stuffed animals, stationery, crafts, toiletries, and everything else we packed. When it comes to stuff at camp – the saying “less is more” – may ring true.
Here’s what really got me – she included notes for a couple of friends who brought over camp gifts before she left. I’m really happy she did that – I didn’t even ask –and am quite surprised (hmmm … did she get offered extra canteen candy for the extra letters?!)
Seems like reports from the field are good so far. May they remain upbeat and entertaining.
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