Camp Woodland Blog

The Value of the Woodland "Dollar"

Posted by on July 27, 2012
(posted by Kim Wenzl Aycock)
Now that I am back in the “real world” after my 2 week stay at Camp Woodland this summer, it is disconcerting to have to pull out my wallet once again to pay for gas, groceries, and other bills.  No doubt the dollar continues to buy less while the price of just about everything continues to go up.  There is one place; however, where the value of the dollar has remained steady over the past 25 years (or at least since I spent my first summer at Woodland oh so many years ago)!
Last Sunday, the Woodland girls took a field trip to Towering Pines for the annual TP fair, and this weekend, the boys will head east on County D for the Woodland Fair.  As I was digging into my pocket for some “bills” to purchase a yummy treat at the TP Fair, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a cup of homemade ice cream was only $2 in “TP dollars” – the same price I paid in 1986!  What a deal!
This Sunday, the boys from Towering Pines will be able to play various games and enjoy ice cream, popcorn, and bug juice for just a few “Woodland bucks” per game or treat.  The great thing is that the “bank” is open on Sunday’s, and campers simply have to request a “cash advance” from a number of “tellers” so that they can enjoy all the fun a carnival has to offer.  There will be fortune telling, a dunking machine, marriage booth, lollipop tree, fish pond, and a plethora of other games set up on and around the volleyball court – it promises to be a FUN time!
p.s. I also learned that some campers saved their leftover TP/Woodland “dollars” from previous years and brought this “money” with them to camp to spend this year.  Even without gaining any interest, the value of the TP/Woodland dollar remains the same from year to year…that you can count on!