For the past three years I’ve gone to Camp Alleghany just for 1st term. The first year I went to camp, my parents came for what was then called visiting day and I begged and I pleaded to stay full term. The short answer on such short notice was, “No, honey, sorry.”
How I hated those words.
For each of my next two years I came up with all kinds of reasons why this time it was different and I should be able to go full term. To me it made such perfect sense — I love camp, camp loves me, full term is a no brainer. Right?
“No, honey, sorry.”
The times they are a changin’
So imagine my surprise when this year, my parents decided to let me go full term! This excites me to no end since, as a 16, it’s also my last year as a camper. I’m looking forward to six campfires instead of three, and especially for Candlelight Campfire — something I’ve heard about but never experienced since it’s in second term and I’ve always gone first term.
I’m excited for Banquet, and for the opportunity to take six different activities if I choose to switch mine up during second term, and for six weeks of Upstart class.
But most of all I’m looking forward to spending so much time with my best friends in the world!
Getting away from it all…except mail call!
My friends at home all think I’m crazy for going away for six weeks with no Internet access, no phones, no TV — but I can’t wait. Being disconnected from the outside world just makes camp more of a special, perfect haven.
Camp is different form any other place you could ever encounter. While I know that I’ll miss my friends while I’m away, I’ve found that writing letters really is a lot better than writing emails or Facebook messages.
The act of sitting down, taking the time to gather thoughts, to think of something interesting to share, and then to write a letter, address it, and put a stamp on it, all ignite a sense of excitement and anticipation. Then the waiting and waiting for a reply sets in and I love that feeling. It’s more anticipation of the best kind.
Writing and receiving letters is a process that brings you closer together with your friend, because it’s an entire experience that you have to put an effort into, unlike e-mail which takes five minutes to write, your recipient’s address is already plugged in, and you get a reply in an hour.
Te joy of correspondence is just another subtle but magical piece in the Camp Alleghany puzzle.
So yes, despite all the things I’m going to “miss out on” at home, I couldn’t be any happier about spending my entire summer at the place I call home away from home!
–Chloë-Ester Cook, 4th Year, Hopper, 16/ UpStart, Camp Alleghany for Girls