The Camp/College Connection
by PFC Alum and Camp Parent, Hillary Slovin
My 18 year old daughter is about to start her freshman year in college this fall. As I nervously anticpate this milestone in her life, I am thinking about how it’s going to be for me and my thoughts turn to camp. I’ve heard that the college “leaving the nest thing” feels a little like when they’re at camp. Because of camp, for the past 9 summers, I know what it feels like to have an empty bedroom and quiet house, at least for 7 weeks. We know how much camp helps children transition in to college life but maybe this will also help me, even just a little, make the transition.
She just finished her first counselor summer at camp and, with that, she got off days where she’d come home for 24 hours. I’d clear my calendar to spend all my time with her, stock the fridge with all her favorite things, do a bunch of loads of her laundry and off she’d go again. As I watched her drive back out of the driveway, it dawned on me that perhaps this is a taste of what the next 4 years will be like with her, coming and going, to and from college, just like with camp.