This past December, we bumped into another PFC family while away on vacation. The immediate bond our kids all felt together was so apparent to me, even outside of Greeley. It didn’t matter that they weren’t the exact same age. Their camp family ties gave them familiarity and comfort together and it was such a great a way to make their worlds just a bit smaller.
In our house, talk of camp happens on weekly if not daily basis – bunk group texts, discussions over what dress-up clothes to bring, song ideas for MTV Night, where they hope to have their beds this summer, as well as endless stories, reliving the summer past. It’s so heartwarming to witness and so amazing. Living 10 months for 2 is truly not just a cliché. The children don’t even realize how much camp makes up their daily lives and who they’re becoming, but I, as a parent, most certainly do. I don’t take any of it for granted and feel so thankful my children have made these connections and memories at such a young age.
It’s all you wish for as a parent; that your child makes true friends and special memories and that they have a safe place in this world to escape to, to dream about and to look forward to getting back to year after year.
This letter from a Pine Forest parent was sent to the office just yesterday and we reprinted it with her permission.
Hello PFC summer staff 2015-
I am a parent sending [my children] to PFC this summer. They are so excited, and we are thrilled and grateful to be able to give them this gift of camp. However, my sleepless pre-camp nights have begun, because letting your children go away and leaving them in the care of others, is not a mother’s natural inclination. It is definitely unsettling.
I tell you this because I want you to know, that in caring for my children this summer, I consider you to have the most important job in the world! You probably have some friends who may be studying in a science lab or working for a judge or taking summer school classes…all to better their resume’ and prepare for their future. But if I were an employer looking to hire…your job as a counselor at camp would far outweigh those supposed resume building experiences. You have an opportunity to really care for and truly influence an individual. If you do it right, you can do anything well! To me, you would be the definition of a successful person.
So, thank you, in advance, for trying your best each and every day, even when it isn’t easy, and thank you for keeping my children safe and happy. You should feel honored and proud to have this most important job!