Hey, Camp Fans!
We were delighted to see such a great response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp and now we’re eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $20 gift certificate to our online store!
Today’s post is from Christina F., who was thrown a pretty giant curve ball with her daughter’s summer camp experience. Get ready for the plot twist:
“Have I got a camp story for you...
We spent an hour and a half in check-in because there was a lengthy COVID procedure to go through to make sure everyone was healthy--totally worth it, though. When we dropped our daughter off at her cabin at 4:30, she was so excited she left us without a backward glance, or a goodbye!
My husband I were relaxing at home five hours later when his cell phone rang with a number we didn't recognize and which we promptly ignored. The person calling left a voicemail, and when we checked it, we got some crushing news. The camp's site staff had taken COVID tests earlier that evening "out of an abundance of caution," and members of the staff had tested positive. The counselors and camp directors were fine, but there wouldn't be anyone to run the physical camp site. Everyone needed to come and pick up their campers as soon as possible.
And so we found ourselves back at the camp eight and half hours after drop off picking up our camper and two of her friends, along with other adults we knew picking up a total of five more friends who had all planned a week at camp together.
Fortunately, we were able to put together a day for the kids to tie dye their camp shirts, and another day for them to spend doing camp arts and crafts and singing camp songs, so they got to spend some camp time together.
Camp is a bonding experience no matter what happens, right?
Here's to next year!”
Oh boy! What a dud of a “camp trip”—the dropoff and pickup were the only “adventure”! Nice work giving your kids a day or two of campy kind of activities. Turns out summer camp is what you make it, I guess! And, yes, hopefully next year yields better results. Thanks for sharing your story, Christina—even if it was a dud. It’s a good story, anyway. As always, thanks for reading!