Over the weekend, my husband and I saw the movie “Grown Ups”. Most of the film takes place at a cabin in the woods, which is shared by the families of all of the main characters. The setting, complete with a lake, ropes course, hiking trails and plenty of trees – instantly transported me back to Camp Talcott.
You see, Camp Talcott is where I spent my summers from ages10-15 – some years for six week at a time. Just looking at the scenery made me remember all of the camp songs, rituals, traditions, and friends I made over the years. I cherish those memories. I learned so many things while at Camp Talcott – how to shave my legs, that I wasn’t allergic to bee or wasp stings, how to windsurf and canoe, how to start a fire, how to make a frame out of Popsicle sticks, how to REALLY kiss a boy. But above all, those summers taught me how to be a friend, how to face challenges with courage, how to network, how to resolve conflicts, and how to appreciate the planet we all share together.
I read an article last week that mentioned that sleep-away camps are on the decline, which broke my heart. But it also mentioned the rise of alternative day camps such as video design camp, chess camp, robotics camp, zoo camp, engineering camp, and even a “Dancing with Disney” camp. How wonderful is it that children can begin to explore their dreams in such detail at a young age?! They can try their hands at different passions and begin to get very clear about what and who they want to be in the future. What a gift to be given at 13!
For more information on specialized camps for kids, check out http://www.acacamps.org/
Many adults are still trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. For those that would like to “try on” a specific profession for a few days, I encourage you to visit Vocation Vacations.