With our summer coming to an end, I wanted to ask our staff some of their fondest memories. We have had so many campers this summer who have made a difference in every one of our lives. I know we had many amazing experiences, and we hope our campers did as well. We love Camp Friendship, and we want to share some of our experiences with you! I asked several staff members a variety of questions about this summer. Here is what they said!
Describe your favorite campfire performance.
Camp Director, Cris’s favorite performance was senior camper, Kevin’s light show. Kevin wore white gloves with lights on the tips of the fingers as he showed off his talent of dancing. The crowd roared and he got a standing “O,” which is a CF applause for the best of the best performances. “It was original and fun! It was so good!” said Cris.
The juniors’ river dance performance was senior village counselor, Kelsha’s, favorite. “I thought it was just adorable and they gave it their all…it was really cute!”
Isabella, riding camp counselor, loved the Kung-Fu performance done by campers from our Chinese group. “That week was really big on diversity because we had so many Chinese campers. To see them show apart of their culture after we showed them so much of ours was a good gift.”
What was the craziest or funniest thing you saw a camper do or say this summer?
“We had a camper who decided to put honey mustard in his back pocket,” laughed senior counselor, Josh. “He sat down and it exploded everywhere. We told him he needed to shower, but he was completely apathetic about the whole thing.”
Junior girl counselor, Susan, smiled as she remembered when one camper said, “You’re 21? You’re as old as my dad!”
Junior girl counselor, Katie, remembered the night her goofy campers gave her a wedding. “One night, when I came into the cabin with my CIT, they flipped on the lights and my side of the cabin was TP’d with toilet paper. They started throwing toilet paper and confetti, and started singing the wedding song.” Katie then described seeing one of her campers holding a book, dressed like a priest. The “priest” said the vows while two other campers brought out ring pops. “I still have the ring pop,” Katie laughed.
What was the nicest thing you heard a camper say or do?
Senior counselor, Levi, recalled a homesick camper who she helped. “She gave me a letter and told me to open it after she was gone. She said I was the first counselor who showed her it was ok to be sad and show emotion and I completely turned her day around. She also said Camp Friendship is the first camp she has been to where counselors asked the campers what they want from the counselors.”
Riding camp counselor, Erin, remembered one camper who had been at Riding Camp for three weeks sent back bracelets for all of the counselors. “I got a warm, fuzzy feeling,” Erin smiled.
“I thought it was great when I saw one junior girl camper pick up a pile of cups by the lake,” said Junior boy CIT, Scott. “She took five minutes out of her day to do that.”
Junior girl counselor, Laura said, “In low ropes on the rock wall, there was a camper who kept struggling. One camper surprised me because in addition to physically spotting him, he was encouraging him and helped him out.”
After going down the slip and slide again with a camper, even though she had soap in her eyes, junior girl counselor Ashleigh said, “The camper told me I was a dedicated counselor…it was so cute!”
If you could say anything to one camper or campers in general, what would you say?
“The more blue juice you drink, the better camper you will be!” said Program Director, Niko. Our blue juice is definitely a friendship favorite at lunch and dinner.
CIT supervisor, Tom shares, “That it’s ok to be awkward and weird because every camp counselor is one of those people, and they are the best and most interesting people!”
“Weird is the new pretty!” said Monica, riding camp counselor.
What is one thing campers have taught you or you learned from them?
Junior boys supervisor, Jon, said his campers taught him to “only worry about what’s important rather than silly, little things.”
“How important the small things are,” commented junior counselor, Ben. “Like they will see a sparkling rock and think it’s the coolest thing ever. They treat every little thing as a new adventure and they appreciate everything for what it is.”
Now, these are only a handful of memories we will take with us wherever we go. This summer was unforgettable for the Camp Friendship staff. It is amazing how much we learned from our campers and this experience. Camp Friendship is already excited for next summer, and we hope to see you there! In the mean time, check out our last video “What a Fire!” highlighting some of our great campfire performances!