Humans Of Camp America- Emelie

Feb. 7, 2017, 12:59 p.m. by Editor

Camp taught me that laughing all day hurts your cheeks.

Where to even start about camp? You can’t not love it! There's something special about laughing and dancing and singing all day long. Before I went to camp, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I didn’t think I’d leave with a family all over America and the world, or that singing a song about llamas with actions to match would soon be my go to song, or that it is possible to have a job that you can paint your own uniform. I went to camp in 2013 for the first time and haven’t looked back! Ive been back to camp 4 times and seriously can’t think of anything better to do in June, July and August!

I was lucky enough to be placed at Woodmont Day Camp, just outside New York City (I know! NYC!!) I worked on the zipline my first 2 summers and then the adventure program got a high ropes course and a giant swing! But the best part? was definitely seeing the campers come year after year and accomplishing things they thought were impossible! Those scared looks at the beginning tuned into the biggest smiles by the end and seeing that is definitely the best part. I had no idea I knew how to help a 10 year old who was terrified of heights to complete a high ropes course, or that I could think up some games to play with 30 campers in a cabin on a rainy day which everyone was excited about. Camp taught me to think outside the box (because that's where all the fun happens), it taught me that the small things are really the big things and laughing all day long hurts your cheeks. Camp is my happy place and for that I hate that camp is only 2 months of the year, but it makes it all that more special. I have no idea where I'd be without going to camp, but I know I wouldn’t be me without it. (Only 139 days till Woodmont ’17).