At my first summer camp, when I was eight, my roommate and I heard a rumor that some boys had put itching or sneezing powder on the beds in the girls’ dorm. We were so convinced we had a counselor search our beds. Nothing. I wasn’t entirely convinced, but I don’t know how the boys would’ve gotten in unseen, nor do I know what itching/sneezing powder is. Pepper, maybe?
However, I loved going to my church’s annual summer kids’ camp. In fact, since much of my summer camp perceptions were built around the movie The Parent Trap (starring Hayley Mills), I was a little envious my own camp lasted only five days instead of multiple weeks like the movie camp.
Camps are still a huge thing for kids. And there are so many options to choose from: church camps, sports camps, art camps, music camps, scouting camps, 4-H camps, etc. They often involve making crafts, swimming, boating, horseback riding, and singing around a campfire. But they all involve fun activities, late nights, and new friends.
As I write this, one of my sons is finishing his week of summer camp. He did a mountain hiking trip, so I imagine it will take him a few days to “come down from his mountain-top experience” and re-enter normal, day-to-day life.
Did you go to camp as a kid? As a counselor? What are some of your favorite camp memories? Do you know what itching/sneezing powder is?