It’s summertime and that means lots of things to people, but for me it means the treat and gift of being able to go back to a magical place that is known as camp. This is a place where I do not feel the need to always be connected through all the various ways we ‘communicate’ with each other. I have the freedom to let technology go and just be free.
It’s so simple, yet so difficult in this crazy, smartphone addicted society. Thank goodness I do not own a smartphone. I am proud of my dumb phone; it survives all. I love being able to turn my phone off at camp during work and truly listen to the world around me while I am there and soak everything in. Another thing that is so relaxing is the fact that I am able to write letters. There is something so whimsical and fun in writing and receiving little notes, postcards and other things through the postal service.
Being a ‘big kid’ or counselor at camp each summer really helped make my college experience amazing. Not only did it help with bills a little bit, but camp gave me so many life-lessons…more than I can count. You learn so much from working with children! Camp always gave me something to look forward to. It has been my rejuvenator over the past few years, even though I work more there each day than the hours I worked towards schoolwork. That may be an exaggeration, but it’s not far off.
Of course I have the most amazing group of individuals with whom I am so lucky to work with each summer. Each person adds an element to camp that is hard to explain. Everyone adds their own flavor to every activity. I am able to say I have lifelong friends from working at camp. It adds to the magic of the place.
I cannot wait to return, be free, and add another summer to my list of many and return to a place filled with happiness and life. Three months of adventures in the mountains of North Carolina await me—nature, art, friends, fun work…this is the life!