An unforgettable summer


Molly Grosswald and her best friends.

Molly Grosswald, Staff Writer

The feeling of the first day of camp is indescribable. Everyone is running up to their best friends that they haven’t seen in months to hug them. Campers are overwhelmed with excitement because they know the next few weeks are going to be the best weeks of the entire year. All day, everyday, you are with your favorite people on the entire planet, the people you can trust most, the people that like you for you, and the people who will always put a smile on your face. Those that are fortunate enough to attend summer camp countdown the days until they can return to their home away from home. When you are at camp, you have no clue what is going on in the outside world. Not knowing what is going on in the world, allows people to have less stress and just be happy. 

Sleepaway camp is an incredible opportunity that every child should be able to experience. Living in such a close environment for a number of weeks creates a close bond no other place but summer camp can give. Children return to camp every year for the simple reason; camp makes them happy. Studies have proven that children that attend summer camp have a positive change in their happiness level. Children that go to camp also improve their social skills. Throughout the camp session, there are multiple team building activities, which helps to bond the campers. In addition to team building, camp activities teach valuable life skills that can be used in the real world, whether that is making a necklace in arts and crafts to knowing how to build a campfire.

I have attended sleepaway camp every summer since I was nine, and I can honestly say it is the one place I feel the happiest. Camp has given me amazing friends that I know I can always rely on. I come home every year from camp balling my eyes out because the best month of my life is over. Although I am extremely sad, I also feel happy because I know that the past four weeks taught me so much about myself. Every year I always say that I am going to try to be my camp self all year round because my camp self is my best and most real version. Camp allows people to be the realest version of themselves, while surrounded by an amazing community. Maya Lewis, a freshman at The Weber School agreed saying, “Camp is where I made my best friends and camp has helped shaped me into the person I am today. I am so grateful that I get to go to camp.” 

The friendships and memories made at camp are irreplaceable. At camp, children can be who they truly are, conquer fears, and have life changing experiences, for example, hiking in the woods for three days. Camp is an incredible place that I hold close to my heart because it has helped shape me into the person I am today. Even if a child did feel that camp was for them and only went to camp for one summer, there would be at least one positive thing they took out of the experience. Summer camps always have and will continue to be a beneficial experience for children.