Written by our own camp parent –
They’re getting ready to leave camp. Yes, it’s sad but true. Although they’re physically leaving Greeley, camp stays within a child all year. I think that’s part of the magic. It’s 7 weeks in camp, then 10 months re-living all the amazing times. The memories grow…In their hearts and minds, within their stories and in phone calls, texts and get-togethers that will occur throughout the school year.
Once you go to camp, it’s just in you. Wherever you go, whatever you do, thoughts drift back to Greeley. Again, all part of the magic. And our kids now “get it.”
It can be a hard transition back to the “real world”…The house can look small, smell unfamiliar and the notion of where ‘IS’ everyone may fill their minds. “Campsick” they call it. It’s a real thing. So, I’ll try to tread lightly…Not to bombard my kids with kisses, hugs and a million questions! It won’t be easy but I remember that feeling for myself like it was yesterday.
As the cliche goes, “all good things must come to an end.” But, with camp living on all year within every camper, it’s not nearly the end. It’s been an incredible summer. Thank you Pine Forest for enriching my children in ways I never can. For keeping them happy and safe. For encouraging them, teaching them and being there for them 24/7. And, mostly, for giving them memories and friends that will last a lifetime, which will help to get them through the next 10 months until next summer.
Let the countdown to June 2015 begin…
– Hillary Slovin