At Camp Lackawanna we always like to share letters from our mom’s and dad’s that have sent their kids off to camp. We love how they once went to camp and are not only carrying on the tradition but the excitement and knowledge of what they got from camp. Here is a letter from one of our parents. She was very apprehensive about a 2 week camp for her twin boys. We invited her out to visit the camp, the facilities, the cabins and the dinning hall. She was really impressed with how well we were organized and how friendly the staff and counselors were.
Here is her letter::
“When I was growing up, I begged and begged and begged to go off to summer camp with my best friend, Shane. I would try my best to get good grades and behave myself at school. I even picked up extra chores around the house and made sure that I did them on time. I marked my calendar with different color X’s as I counted the days. At the drop-off , I didn’t even feel homesick. I felt like I was free and all grown-up. The rush that I felt was more than what I had expected and I can still imagine it to this day. The outdoors always fascinated me and even though the air didn’t smell like anything, I breathed in as I imagined smelling pine cones. I even got postcards from most of my teachers. It was awesome!
20 years later and I now have two kids. They’re twins- Zack and Bryan. They had just made it home and told me about how the school had handed out permission slips to go to camp. I was so excited for them! I started babbling about how I went to camp and all of the fun things that I did and the friends that I made. Actually, I’m still friends with some of them today! I ended my story with a loud and cheerful, “You guys are going to love it!” They just blankly stared at me at first. Then, they proceeded to tell me that they had no intentions in going and made their way to their room.
I was kind of disappointed because I knew how fun it was for me, and I wanted my babies to experience that. The next day as I was fixing their lunch for school, I called them in the kitchen. I asked them why they didn’t want to go and they said they were scared. Long story short, after a little “mama talk” I convinced them that they would love it and nothing could possibly go wrong. “They have horses and games and painting!”, I said trying to drum up excitement. Then I handed them their permission slips that I had already signed prior to this conversation, and sent them on their way.
The next few weeks, they got ready for camp. After I told them some rules and what I expect of them they came up with a plan. They made a brotherly oath to protect each other and always stick together. “It’s only two weeks”, Zack reassured Bryan. They began to seem more and more excited about it as the time approached.
I remember standing at the bus waving them off. I was so excited. 2 weeks without my babies seemed like forever , but I was too thrilled to be sad. When they came back, I gave them a big hug, as they took no time telling me all that went on. They talked about it for weeks and they thanked me for making them go.
Sending kids to camp is not for wimps or nerds. It involves bravery on both sides and also some emotional pain. Not being without your kids can really suck, but letting them explore their independence is crucial for their growth. I’m glad I did it!”
– With Sincerity and Much Appreciation – Cathrine Goldstein
Here is a video of 2 girls going off to a camp in Utah for 2 weeks. For kids that sometime seems like for ever. But with logs of hugs, smiles and laughter – time goes by faster then can imagine. These teenage girls build relationships, went on day trips to land marks in and around the camp grounds. It just looks like these kids are having an amazing time. When they got home – they had so much to share with their friends and parents.