Camp Woodland Blog

Happy Back to School from Sunnyside!

I think it is safe to say that by now everyone is “back to school”!  As much as we would like to stretch out summer as much as possible, somehow those lazy days quickly turn to carpools, backpacks, homework, extracurricular activities, and counting the days until camp begins once again!

Throughout the upcoming year, each month will have a blog that is “sponsored” by a different Woodland cabin from the Summer of 2017.  Each camper wrote her “best moments at camp”…here is a little more about Sunnyside!

What was the highlight of your summer?

Lauren: trotting on a horse again, passing my riflery level, Gold Rush, Lip Sync and Song Contest

Emily: meeting new people, learning how to shoot a gun in riflery, getting a bull’s eye in archery

Abbi: seeing and riding the horses

Molly: being with my cabin, making a million new inside jokes (pinecone, socadilly, oh-ma-goi, doggo, folding underwear…and many more!), passing levels, trying new activities and special events

Tori: passing level 4 in swimming, Olympics, seeing my friends, 1st place tie for Clown Contest, and passing lots of levels

Monica: getting into level 5 in swimming and getting to go in the deep end

Isa: getting to know everyone else better and making new friends

Viv: seeing friends again and meeting new friends

Jenna (CIT): being a Live-In CIT and Coed Show

What are some ways you were able to enjoy being a kid and getting to play at camp?

Lauren: Lip Sync and Song Contest

Emily: Lip Sync and Song Contest

Abbi: the fireworks for 4th of July and being “Camper of the Day”

Molly: just being in a casual environment and not worrying about what everyone thinks about me

Tori: swimming every day, not worrying about grades, being able to see my friends every day and doing activities every day

Monica: playing tennis and not thinking about passing levels or ladder or World Cup, the playak area and much more

Isa: enjoying my friends every single moment

Viv: just having fun and trying new things

Jenna (CIT): Olympics and playing “Queen of the Court” in tennis

What is an achievement for which you are most proud?

Lauren: passing levels in riflery

Emily: getting 2 bull’s eyes

Abbi: getting a qualifier in archery

Molly: getting to sitting in riflery (something I have been looking forward to for 3 summers!); I tried really hard, and I got it!

Tori: trying new things even when I failed; I kept going like doing the long shallow dive and wake-boarding

Monica: passing level 4 in swimming

Isa: passing out of swimming lessons

Viv: trying trick-skiing and knee-boarding for the first time ever

Jenna (CIT): passing my bar 9 in riflery and jumping in riding

What was something you learned about yourself this summer?

Lauren: my confidence

Emily: confidence to try new things

Abbi: that I am good at archery

Molly: Being more confident (not just this summer but at camp in general!).  I feel like I used to always be shy, quiet, and easily embarrassed.  At camp I learned to be comfortable around others.

Tori: I am able to do anything like diving off the Aqua Tramp, wake-boarding, and passing lots of levels

Monica: if you try your best, you always succeed

Isa: I don’t need someone to have fun, I just need someone to have fun with me

Viv: I don’t give up easily

Jenna (CIT): I am a hard worker, and I don’t give up

 

Create Your Own Scene: Hilltop & Sunrius

2017 was a summer where we CREATED OUR OWN SCENE! See what the campers from Hilltop & Sunrius had to say:

HILLTOP

Valeria: giving my best effort in all the activities I did

Natalia: by being myself, having fun, and looking at everything in a positive way

Izzi: I learned a lot of skills and found what I love

Irene: I didn’t follow what people did, instead I found a new way to do it

Adri: by trying my best in all of my activities and making the most out of my summer

Veronica: looking at everything in a positive way

Sofi (CIT): I did a big achievement and a lot of people were proud of me

SUNRIUS

Molly A: trying a lot of different activities; I tried canoeing and sailing.  I also made the most of my activities – I always skied during rec swim or shot as much as I could during archery.

Parker: I tried new things! I tried a group canter in riding and assisting swim lessons.

Vale: I didn’t change who I am to fit in

Cayley: I tried new things and stepped out of my comfort zone

Molly J: I branched out of my comfort zone and tried new activities; I also made new friends and became closer with some girls I wouldn’t have expected.

Kelly: I stepped out of my comfort zone during my activities (riding, tennis, riflery, etc.)

Jae: I tried something new, made new friends and hung out with new people

Josune: I made new friends and did everything I proposed to do and learned new things every day

Barbie: being different from the rest of the people, by letting others know me deeply and telling them that everything you want, you’ll get it if you work, work, enjoy, enjoy.  Everything is possible!

Sam: I stepped up to another role with more responsibility and the transition wasn’t bad, the hardest was knowing how much campers look up to us

Sofi: making friends

Paula: by taking new activities, like riding

Amelia: I tried a lot of new things, and I worked hard in all my activities

Estefi: always trying new things

Create Your Own Scene: Starshine, Sunnyside, Tamarack

2017 was a summer where we CREATED OUR OWN SCENE! See what the campers from Starshine, Sunnyside, and Tamarack had to say:

STARSHINE

Aubrie: I was myself, and I was proud of it

Lucy: I achieved my goals

Ellie: I took risks and explored all activities at camp

Katherine: this summer I went with the flow

Katie: I think I changed with my cabin, but I grew a lot, too.  I can do and deal with things I couldn’t do before.  I can sail, handle a horse, and swim a lot better.

Annie: I tried new things like riflery and sailing

Katie (CIT): I had fun during Co-Ed Show practice, I was happy and excited for things, and I was a good Live-In CIT.

SUNNYSIDE

Lauren: standing up for myself

Emily: being myself

Abbi: making new friends

Molly: I think by just having a positive outlook and forcing myself to be enthusiastic and happy for all 6 weeks.  Even when I was sad, mad, or unhappy, I kept a pretty good attitude.

Tori: by trying new things and not doing what others were doing – I did dance, tennis, drama, and canoeing

Monica: by not just taking activities but really improving in them

Isa: by listening to myself

Viv: I tried my hardest and tried new things

Jenna (CIT): I took sailing as one of my activities

TAMARACK

Lauren: I was just myself and met new friends

Valentina: I tried new activities I never thought I would like

Tory: I tried new activities and passed more levels

Xime: trying new things and having fun

Maitane: being a better person and trying to have fun in everything

Lilli: I read during Rec Swim and wrote letters

Libby: by thriving and working hard in each activity area

Rachel: I enjoyed this summer with my best friends

Jenna (CIT): I took sailing as one of my activities

Create Your Own Scene: Silver Birch, Treetops, and Driftwood

2017 was a summer where we CREATED OUR OWN SCENE! See what the campers from Silver Birch, Treetops, and Driftwood had to say:

Libby: making everyone laugh

Eleanor: playing with the animals more

Delia: I was myself and wasn’t afraid to be myself

Kaitlyn: doing things I wanted to do

Lilah: doing new things

Carlota: believing in myself that I can do anything

Lou: making great friends and trying new things

Lizzy: trying new things

Betsy (CIT): I was the best Live-In CIT I could be this summer, and I stuck with swimming lessons.

Andrea (CIT): I have been scared of sailing, but I tried it again and really enjoyed it.

Tess: improving in every activity because I worked hard

Anika: making new friends

Dani: being with my friends

Ari: trying new activities and challenging myself

Maya: I tried many new things!

Brooke: Having FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ava: I did things that I wanted to do and not because others did them.

Makenna: by helping others and encouraging them as well

Ella: getting “Camper of the Day!”

Issy: trying things I have never tried before.

Isabella: being “Camper of the Day!”

Sofia: making new friends and enjoying everything

Sydney: getting “Camper of the Day!”

 

Deep In Our Hearts Forever

You may think my dear, when you grow quite old. You have left camp days behind. But, I know the scent of wood smoke will always come to mind. Little paths at twilight and trails you used to find.

You may think some day you are quite grown up and feel so worldly wise. But suddenly from out of the past, a vision will arise. Of merry folk with brown bare knees and laughter in their eyes.

You may have a little house built to your taste in  the nicest part of town.  But someday for your old camp swim suit you’d change your latest gown and trade it for a balsam bed where stars all night look down.

You may find yourself grown and wealthy; have all that gold could buy.  But you’d toss aside the fortune for days ‘neath an open sky with sunlight on blue waters and white clouds floating high.

For once you have been a camper then something has come to stay deep in your heart forever which nothing can take away.  And heaven can only be heaven with a camp in which you play.

Mary S. Edgar

See you next summer!