Coming into this job at the beginning of the summer, I was unsure of what to expect. I understood it would be unlike anything I had ever done before, but I didn’t know in what ways it would differ. Working at Camp Friendship was the summer at camp I never had as a child, though I was acting as the Marketing Intern and not a camper. I kind of imagined a summer camp like the one at the beginning of The Parent Trap — and in a good way, I was right.
I got to live the most fun parts of camp as part of a strong group of staff, who were more importantly a strong group of friends. We stuck together through various challenges throughout the summer, laughed together each and every day, and lived together through an incredible summer. I cannot express how much I am going to miss this group of people who made up my camp family this summer.
I saw campers living the same kind of emotions the staff is going through this week. There were definitely a fair amount of tears from campers this summer who just didn’t want to say goodbye to their new friends and home. We helped them through their emotions and told them that they would never lose their camp friends, and now we have to take our own advice.
Now, we take the position of campers, reluctant to leave a place that has become our home. Camp lets us be our true selves, more than a little weird, goofy, and free. Though at Camp we’re always a combination of hot, dirty, and tired, and constantly smell like sunscreen and bug spray, we would never give up the time we’ve had here.
So finally, after weeks of Camp, many of us return to the real world, removed from the camp bubble we’ve been living in all summer. Just remember everyone, we’ve always got this summer to keep us together.