On the first day of camp I’m so excited to see all of my friends, to talk with them after the school year apart, and to catch up.
But this year right on the first day I got some bad news. I found out one of my camp friends had to leave a week early. I was sad but at the same time glad that I had two weeks with her, making that time more special.
Well, you know how camp goes. Suddenly it was the second week. My friend’s time at camp was coming to an end and that affected everything. She had to sit out in dance class because we needed to figure out how the formation was going to look in the actual show and since she wouldn’t be there…well. Moments like that made her departure seem closer than ever.
Then it was Saturday night. She was going to leave the very next day. It may not be easy for people who don’t go to camps to understand but camp friendships are fast, deep and meaningful. You spend all your time together. You eat, live, play, and pray together. Saying goodbye is definitely difficult.
For me, time had just flown by — two weeks felt like two days. The night before my friend left I fell sleep feeling sad because I knew that what tomorrow would bring was inevitable. A parting.
Sunday morning came. After church there was a congregation of people inside her tent hugging and crying all over each other. I couldn’t go down to the barge with her so I stayed in the tent after she left, kind of stunned at the fact that I wouldn’t see her until next summer.
Alleghany on the Mediterranean
It’s been a couple of days since Caroline H. left camp. She’s probably in Italy right now eating gelato and shopping and having a fabulous time. But it was so hard seeing her go. Knowing that she wont be able to show off her amazing skills in the dance show or shoot out of her position in rifle makes me sad for her and us. Sometimes I find myself walking to her tent or thinking about telling her something exciting. But then I remember she’s left camp.
I know that her time in Italy will be fantastic. But we miss her so much here at camp that it hurts. Next year, seeing her again will be amazing. And I know that we’re all excited to hear about her adventures in Europe and tell her about ours here at camp.
–Chloë Cook, Third Year Camper, Upstart, Hopper, Camp Alleghany for Girls