Posts in category "Summercamp"

Summer / Camp Stories: Final Roundup

Summer / Camp Stories: Final Roundup
Summer Camp is over. The camp fires are out, and the canoes are docked. The mess hall is clean and out of food. About two months ago I threw out the idea about a series on camp and the things that keep us occupied when we’re not cooped up in an office or behind a... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "Thoughts on Summer Camp, Revolutions and Nothing Unattainable"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Thoughts on Summer Camp, Revolutions and Nothing Unattainable"
Forty-three years ago this week, I was away at summer camp. It was a pretty ordinary   camp set on a picturesque lake with cool counselors and cabins, crafts and canoes and communal meals shared in a “north woods lodge” style dining hall. The favorite snapshot I carry in my memory is one familiar to generations... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "A Rumbling Among Us"

Summer / Camp Stories: "A Rumbling Among Us"
We all can remember at least one embarrassing moment in our life, right? One to the core, makes your skin crawl embarrassing moment? Well, if you can’t I am totally jealous. I have several but there is one in particular that has haunted me for my entire life. My parents never sent me to summer... Read more »
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Summer / Camp Stories: "Discovering Love Amongst the Bibles"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Discovering Love Amongst the Bibles"
My memories of summer camp are a lot like my pictures from that time: fuzzy and yellowed with tattered edges and wrinkled corners. They are painted with emotion, altered and skewed by a hazy appreciation only time, distance and age can bring. My summer camp memories are like a Monet painting. They are heartbreakingly beautiful... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "Rump Flamin' Mamie at Camp Toilet"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Rump Flamin' Mamie at Camp Toilet"
Girl Scout camp in southern Indiana in 1989 was a tapestry of contradictions. On the one hand, we campers had to clean the latrines ourselves with bleach and the facilities were not connected to modern plumbing. No, these were outhouses. They were sort of like what you’d see at a street festival in Chicago, but... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "Baker Lake"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Baker Lake"
It may be a truism, but every man needs to get away from his wife now and then. So when the opportunity came for camping, I took it. There was one problem though: I shared a car with my wife. As this was a car camping trip with each guy planning to sleep in his... Read more »
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Summer / Camp Stories: "What Labia Means To Me"

Summer / Camp Stories: "What Labia Means To Me"
Growing up in Massachusetts, I attended lots of camps. During my summers as a kid from about 5 to 14, I went to day camps like Summerfun and the Hitchcock Center Nature Camp and Eaglebrook Soccer Camp and Look Park Drama program, and sleepover camps like Camp Anderson, Camp Howe and Northeast Music Camp. Basically,... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"
Picture this: 100 girls ranging from ages 14-18 from all over the United States, all Girl Scouts (GS), one adult supervisor per ten girls, staying in the dorms at the State University of New York Utica. Fourteen years old, and I was the only Minnesotan. By the end of those two weeks in July of... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "How Not to Have Fun at Summer Camp"

Summer / Camp Stories: "How Not to Have Fun at Summer Camp"
The summer camp on Kelly’s Island that I went to when I was 11 wasn’t about “roughing it.” We had electricity in our cabins, running water and hot showers, and a fully equipped, cafeteria style kitchen that served us soggy chicken nuggets and watered-down spaghetti and meatballs. All the amenities one could expect in the... Read more »
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Summer / Camp Stories: "How Daycamp Taught me to be an Ewok"

Summer / Camp Stories: "How Daycamp Taught me to be an Ewok"
During camp, most kids learn how to fish or make a fire or create a pot, hobbies that are somewhat useful or – at the very least – cool to brag about. I learned how to be an Ewok. Perhaps I should explain. I spent summers in Florida with my dad and stepmom, who both... Read more »