Camp Life

Just Part Of Being A Girl

You know, it’s funny. After all the summers I spent living at Camp Tanuga, I never really paid attention to the differences between boys and girls until my visits this summer. I think it’s because when I was living at camp I was immersed in it–but now I’m back to being just a visitor so I’m…

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When Your Kid Comes Home From Camp

When your kid comes home from camp, he’s going to be different. He’ll be taller, older and dirty(ish). He’ll be happy to see you, but missing camp. He’ll show his love by stomping around and mumbling things only he understands, or retreating to his room to find his camp friends on social media. There’s a…

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If You Should Fall

During the winter of 2015, one of my friends posted a video chronicling three different athletes and their road to the Olympics. The video started on the ice when the athletes were babies. They were so cute, on their skates, falling down all over the place. As they grew older, they fell more. BOOM BOOM…

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LEGENDS AND WARRIORS

I love everyone when I first meet them. I have always been like that. It’s how I am. From there, I will either love you more, the same, or less. I work from the top down. My husband is the opposite. He works from the bottom up. You have to earn it with him. I have found the…

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It’s Just Part Of Being A Camp Counselor

I’m taking it back to August, 2015 with this one because I have such a strong feeling of excitement about our staff this summer. ***************************** In hip hop songs, it’s not uncommon for rappers to throw accolades at someone who has helped them achieve success. They reference other rappers they look up to, or acknowledge the ones who have helped them along…

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A Little Help With Homesickness…

The first day of camp is an emotionally driven day filled with bittersweet, mixed feelings. Excitement and anxiety are literally playing Tug-of-War in the stomach of almost every parent and camper. The kids starting day camp, that’s a big step—but the kids leaving for overnight camp—that’s hard core. I imagine it’s very similar to sending a kid off to college,…

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Find Your Tribe

Anything you do is more fun with the right people. A party? Yes. A concert? For sure. Dinner? Bon Appetit! Sometimes, though, we don’t get a choice. There are places we have to be, and we don’t get to make the guest list.

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Professionals Who Party

When I was in high school, I had an English teacher who wore sport coats and ties. It was the 80’s and a lot of the male faculty dressed that way. They dressed more formal than the students. This teacher though, he only dressed like that on top. On the bottom he wore jeans.

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How To Deal With Mean Girls

Mean Girls are like bumble bees. They come and they go, but when they come, they’re looking to sting. I have been stung by Mean Girls, and I have also done the stinging. What’s more, for the last 14 summers of my life, I’ve had the unique experience of living amongst many, many young girls…

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The Thing About Play Dates…

(From The Archives: July 19, 2011) The term “play date” has always been of interest to me. There aren’t many like it in the English language. It’s really the only term I can think of that is filled with formality, necessity and stupidity all at the same time.

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