Tag Archives: Camp

The Childchewer

I never thought this would happen. After a few years of asking, one of my good friends in real life has finally agreed to guest post on my blog.  Her name is Raman. Her nickname is Noodles. Her name backwards … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Posts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

Three People I’ll Never Forget

It was the summer of 2010. I can’t decide if that feels like a long time ago, or just yesterday. Anyway, I was making my debut as a camp counselor. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 51 Comments

What I’m Proud Of

“Ale mess you Paul” Those were the four words scribbled across a piece of yellow construction paper that had been folded in half – unevenly – to resemble a card. On the inside were two stick people. One was me, … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Two Months At Camp

Today is chicken nugget day. Tomorrow is a dress-up day and a swim day. Three cheers for public pools. Friday is a theme day. But more importantly, Friday is chicken burger day. Except none of that is true anymore. Camp ended … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

No Place Like Camp

Noise. Constant noise. Spills. Half-eaten lunches. Picky eaters. Plain bagels. Straw wrappers. Untied shoelaces. Unscented sunscreen that you can smell from a mile away. Lost water bottles. Lost hats. Lost sweaters. Lost underwear. Yes, lost underwear. Goggles that are too … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Camp Is Over

It feels like yesterday was the first day of pre-camp. It feels like yesterday every staff member was sitting in a circle, struggling to learn everyone’s name. It feels like yesterday we were making parent phone calls. It feels like yesterday we were … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

“I’m 8…and a Half”

This summer is my third time working at camp. Children I interact with on a daily basis were not alive for 9/11. They were not alive when I graduated from elementary school. And some weren’t even alive when I started … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

How to be a Great Camp Counsellor in 26 Easy Steps

I never experienced camp from a camper’s perspective. I don’t know what it’s like having people twice my height force a friendship on me with a welcoming smile, or ask me what my snack was. I guess I missed out. … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments