Friday, May 14, 2010

6th grade camp

blake leaves for camp on sunday. he goes away for almost an entire week!!! it's pretty exciting and i am super stoked for him. it's also a little weird because i didn't go to camp for a week when i was a 6th grader. but it seems like i'm the only one who didn't.

i'm trying to be super positive and happy for him because i don't want him freaking out at all. a week is a long time to be away from your family, sleeping in the woods with a bunch of camp counselors and all your friends.

actually, writing that out loud sounds all sorts of awesome.

except the sleeping in the woods part. aside from the fact that everything about this camp is like my worst nightmare (hiking, sleeping outdoors, hiking, the woods, sleeping outdoors in the woods).. it's right up blake's alley and i think he's going to have the best time ever.

i was definitely freaking out about this whole camp thing until i went to a meeting about it. going to that meeting calmed all my nerves. seeing where they sleep and seeing the activities they do and stuff- it gave me reality to something i couldn't relate too at all before.. you know, since i had never gone to camp as a kid. so before that meeting, i was like.. this is crazy!!!! he can't go away to camp with strangers for a week!!! how is this safe!?!?! do the girls and boys sleep together?!?!! omg, can they sneak out?!?!! this is madness!!!!!

yeah, i was freaking out.

but now? i'm chillin.

he's not allowed to call us, unless it's an emergency. i think it's probably better that he can't call. and he can write letters if he wants. i told him just to have fun and that i won't care if he writes me or not. i'll write him once probably, but i think that he should just have fun, make friends, and have incredible adventures! i just don't want him to come back a person i don't recognize anymore. eeeeek. i guess i'm still a littler freaked out.

do your kids go away to camp?? did you?? and.. how was it?

14 comments:

Ashley said...

yes! i went to camp loads as a kid...still remember how much fun it was ;) got letters my mom had mailed me the day before i left so i'd get them right when i got there...friendships didn't really last but was fun while i was there. learned to shoot a bow and arrow so that's kinda cool :) - ash

Alison said...

You know I didn't go to 6th grade camp....apparently our school district didn't do this sort of thing. Boo! My kids will go to 6th grade camp when the time comes because their school does it. I'll be freaked out too---you'll have to let me know how this goes with Blake. He'll have a blast, I'm sure! :)

Hello Mother, Hello Father...heehee.

NGS said...

We did a sixth grade winter camp at a place called Wolverine Adventure in Michigan. We were in a cabin with all the other sixth graders (boys and girls separated, of course) and a girl named Becky Nestle got up and sang "Ice,Ice Baby" in the middle of the night. We snowshoed and cross country skiied and I learned how to use a compass for an incipient form of geocaching. It was fun! (I don't think I thought about my family at all when I was gone, though!)

Katie said...

I never went to a camp. I was always jealous and wanted to be just like on the parent trap! haha

Anonymous said...

The first time my son went to camp I put lunch bags in his duffle bag with the days on them. Each one had snacks (candy, Ritz bits, etc) and a note from me. I jotted down things that I usually say to him, but nothing embarrassing like "I love you schmoopums!" in case they fell in to the hands of the other kids.
He LOVED it and was able to share the snacks with his friends.
I did this last year (going in to freshman year) and was asked not to do it anymore. :) I hate it when they grow up!
He will have a blast!!
betsy

Anne said...

I went to a local camp in 5th grade - it's billed as "outdoor education" and we got to go during the school year. And when I was in 10th grade I went back as a counselor - maybe Blake will too!

Amanda said...

yuppers! Hard core camper here. I went to sailing camp for a week the summer after 6th grade and liked it so much I went back for the next 4 summers for 4 weeks...and then I was a counselor and then and then and then!

I'm sure Blake will have a blast!

Smug said...

I would write more than once if I were you. I remember that getting mail at camp was really cool, and some kids got "care packages" with extra socks, a CD, snacks, hair bands, stuff like that. My mom never sent anything, so I felt kinda left out at mail delivery time. I loved camp, and Ashley is right, the friendships didn't last, but I do remember that the same groups would hang together summer after summer. Blake will probably love it!!

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

i went to camp the summer after 9th and 10th grade. same thing...we couldn't call home etc. it was a lot of fun!

Parp said...

Umm I'm STILL going to camp lol ...going on year 16 sailing at TASP... I never went with a school until high school (it was called orientation then) but I have always been at camp :-) 6th grade is the perfect time to go to a sleep away camp for the first time....at my camp we have kids who are international and 10!! that too me always seemed a little young to me....but the girls I live with are in 6th grade and i LOVE them....as for making friends....my camp friends are the closest friends I have today and I don't know what I would do without them....some still work at camp and others are real people with real jobs (scary lol) buy we are all super close and all have been getting together at least twice a year for the past eight years at least! oh and its a good thing he can't call home....i promise then he can concentrate more on all the wicked awesome fun things hes doing and all the cool friends hes making...and its only a week :-)

I hope blake has a blast! <3 parp

Parp said...

Umm I'm STILL going to camp lol...going on year 16 sailing at TASP... I never went with a school until high school (it was called orientation then) but I have always been at camp :-) 6th grade is the perfect time to go to a sleep away camp for the first time....at my camp we have kids who are international and 10!! that always seemed a little young to me....but the girls I live with are in 6th grade and i LOVE them....as for making friends....my camp friends are the closest friends I have today and I don't know what I would do without them....some still work at camp and others are real people with real jobs (scary lol) buy we are all super close and all have been getting together at least twice a year for the past eight years at least!

I hope blake has a blast! <3 parp

Issas Crazy World said...

Blake will have a blast. Just tell him to not play hide and seek in the dark...or to watch out for the large dinner triangle bell thing, if he does. Ahem.

I went. Yes. Was um fun. What I remember about it. Got a concussion night one and spent the rest of it at home. ;)

Scientific Lutheran said...

I only got to go to camp 1 year, but I LOVED LOVED it. I was in jr high, so 12? 13? I still remember that summer fondly, and it was, well hell, more than 20 years ago now.

I even ended up meeting a girl I went to camp with in college. Of course, she had turned into a slut and a bitch, but I still remember her as a cute little 12yo with a crush on a cute boy!

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