Mother Laura over at Revgalblogpals brings us this Friday Five:
We're settling into our new new apartment, and after a lifetime at Montessori Katie is having a fantastic summer at YMCA day camp. Meanwhile, Nicholas is packing up for a week at Camp Julian, shared by the Episcopal dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego. His lists of supplies and rules--except for the ropes course available to the teenagers and the ban on IPODs and cell phones--bring back memories of my own happy times weeks at Y camp Ta Ta Pochon, funded by selling countless cases of butter toffee peanuts.
So, in celebration of summer, please share your own memories and preferences about camp.
1. Did you go to sleep away camp, or day camp, as a child? Wish you could? Or sometimes wish you hadn't?
I went to Girl Scout Camp (Day camp) one week, which was fun, and to Church camp every year starting when I was about in the 5th grade! I was pretty nervous the first time, but I had a good time and decided I wanted to go every year. The first year I went, our week was over the 4th of July, so there were a very small group of campers. The whole camp went canoeing! After that, I thought we would do go canoeing every year, but alas, it was not to be.
2. How about camping out? Dream vacation, nightmare, or somewhere in between?
I'm not a big "tent camper." We did tent camping for a couple of weekends every year as a family, and it's fun if you are a kid, but a lot of work if you are an adult. A cabin vacation is about as rough as I like it.
3. Have you ever worked as a camp counselor, or been to a camp for your denomination for either work or pleasure?
In High School, I worked for a week at my church camp as an Assistant Counselor. We didn't get paid, but we got to go to camp for free.
4. Most dramatic memory of camp, or camping out?
Hmmm. One exciting weekend of tent camping, there were severe weather warnings at the lake where we were camping with several other families. I remember huddling in another family's camper during wind and hail. Luckily, no tornadoes.
Also, I have a couple of wonderful memories of sleeping under the stars at church camp.
5. What is your favorite camp song or songs?
We had a number of favorite songs "of the time," like "He's Everything to Me," and "Pass it On." But we also liked to sing a song called "Today". The only version I can find on you tube is on a John Denver tribute: