Hello, Camp Enthusiasts!
We're thrilled about the overwhelming response to our 'Share Your Camp Story' Contest at Everything Summer Camp. We received fantastic entries from over 50 campers eager to share their camp experiences, and now it's time to showcase each of your stories right here on the Blog! As we celebrate our ten lucky winners who received larger prizes, all other entrants have been awarded a $15 gift certificate to use on our online store.
Today, we're featuring Sabrina S. and her story from summer camp. She's here to share her exciting summer experience at Camp Cullen. Let's dive into her story:
“My name is Sabrina, and I am 9 years old. This summer, I embarked on an exciting journey to Camp Cullen, nestled in the picturesque wilderness of Texas. It was my first time being away from home, and I was both nervous and eager to see what adventures awaited me. As we drove up to Camp Cullen, my heart fluttered with a mix of excitement and apprehension. The tall trees and the scent of nature filled the air, making me feel like I was about to enter a magical world. My parents hugged me tightly before bidding me farewell, assuring me that I would have an amazing time. As I stepped foot into the campgrounds, I was greeted by friendly counselors and other campers who were just as excited as I was. It didn't take long for me to feel at ease as the warm atmosphere enveloped me.
I was assigned to a cabin, where I would spend the next week with my fellow bunkmates. Everyone in the cabin was friendly, and we quickly became friends. There was Mia, who loved telling funny stories, and Emma, who was an expert at making friendship bracelets. We laughed and chatted like we had known each other forever.
The camp was filled with so many activities to choose from, and I couldn't wait to try them all. From tubing in the lake to hiking through the wooded trails, every day brought new excitement. I was determined to make the most of this adventure. On the first day, we had a water test. They basically needed to make sure that we could all swim. And if not, then we would take additional swim classes to help us. I was a bit scared at first, but with the encouragement of my bunkmates and the caring guidance of the camp instructors, I conquered my fears and felt a sense of accomplishment. One of my favorite activities was horseback riding. The gentle horses and the beautiful scenery made it an unforgettable experience. I felt like a true cowgirl riding through the Texan wilderness.
As the days passed, I discovered talents I didn't know I had. I found joy in arts and crafts, creating colorful masterpieces. I also surprised myself with my archery skills, hitting the target bullseye more often than I thought I would. Nights at Camp Cullen were magical. We gathered around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and singing camp songs. The counselors shared captivating stories that kept us entertained until the stars filled the sky.
Throughout my time at Camp Cullen, I grew not only in skills and confidence but also in friendships. The girls in my cabin became like sisters to me, and I knew I had found friends for life. As the camp session neared its end, I felt a bittersweet emotion. I was sad to say goodbye to the place and the people who had made this experience so special, but I also felt grateful for the memories we created together. On the day of departure, I hugged my new friends tightly, promising to keep in touch and return next summer.
As I waved goodbye to Camp Cullen, I knew that this adventure had changed me in the best possible way. I had overcome my fears, made wonderful friends, and discovered the true joy of being part of a camp family. I couldn't wait to share all my stories with my family, and I was already counting down the days until my next visit to Camp Cullen.”
Hi, Sabrina! Thanks for writing into us and detailing your first trip to summer camp so well! Sounds like Camp Cullen gave you a great first-year experience away from home! I’m glad you had such a fun time and made such good friends. Nice job stepping outside your comfort zone with activities like swimming and archery. Enjoy keeping in touch with all the friends you made during your camp stay and enjoy the anticipation for next time!
If Camp Cullen sounds like a summer camp you have interest in, check it out for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading!