Thursday, March 29, 2012

Reasons We Love Camp T. Love, Mags, Annie and Sar

1. Seeing your best friends so much that parting for 25 hours on the weekend feels like an eternity
2. Chapel songs get stuck in your head
3. Baked oatmeal is the breakfast of champions
4. There is nothing like sharing a cabin and bathroom with 11, or 32, other people
5. Wolf Shirt Wednesday ahoooooooooooooooo
6. Campers open up and tell you hard things and make you feel needed
7. Baked ziti. mmmmmmmmmmm
8. Waking up to This Side and TSwift
9. You forget about real life problems for a little bit and get to just be
10. I feel home
11. It's this huge extended family. When you look back at old DVDs of other summers you spot people you've met since then, "Oh that's Alli!" or "Look how young Zach looks!"
12. You're exhuasted because you're living life to the full every second of the day
13. Closing Campfire is the coolest thing in the world I'm pretty sure
14. Downsizing to just your swimsuit and flip-flops is the best fashion decision
15. Sleepouts under the stars
16. You get a nap EVERY SINGLE DAY
17. You're disconnected from technology and it's ok
18. People are so happy to be with each other
19. The salad bar is sooo good
20. Everything is brighter and happier and funner

21. You pray holding hands in devotions and sometimes in chapel.
22. Age doesn't matter. You can be best friends with an 8, 15, or 24 year old.
23. Taylor Swift. Wednesday Lunch. Enough said.
24. Wooden nametags are the work of a genuis.
25. People are protective of the positive culture. They point CTI-ness, build people up, and DLP good things.
26. Friday night theme dinners belting Rebecca black at the top of our lungs
27. Waking up and having a dance party in front of trading post before flagpole is totally acceptable
28. Watching your kids grow; earning a blue swim band, riding a horse for the first time, making a new best friend, is one of the coolest things ever
29. The nurses give you freeze pops when it's hot
30. People get so excited to see each other that whenever they do it's a running/jumping hug
31. We're like really tan and in shape at camp.
32. I love check-in days when all the counselors jump in the pool during swim check in their staff shirt.
33. Fireworks 4th of July week on the hill with all the kids.
34. Pop stop hang out parties.
35. Rachel Wilson says, "Mud hikes... definitely"
36. Watermelon winner is possibly the greatest day camp game ever
37. Kids will pull the worms in half during fishing and think its fun, so you don't have to touch em! (;
38. Sunday nights on the porch when all 4 counselors and day camp are there together
39. Reading cold tangerines before bed
40. HOH-ing with Popsicles and kiddos at trading post

41. The strategy behind getting the most pizza you possibly can for lunch
42. Talking about struggles is easier because everyone really wants to help
43. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalligator (still my favorite song, even if i can't sing it anymore)
44. Hearing all the pathfinder girls cry during closing campfire
45. White v-necks
46. Running shorts all day everyday
47. Brave capture the flag
48. When it's so hot that all activities become water games
49. The trends that catch on every year
50. Day camp campfire is SO fun
51. The race to the cereal stand
52. Seeing all the braves' shoes lined up outside
53. Everyone's best friends by tuesday
54. CILT cheers
55. Freeze pops (the red ones)
56. You're crying so people cry too because they love you
57. When you make it past the second ring on Something Big
58. Caterpillars and pinecones and rocks and sticks become friends and get names
59. Gold Rush, Sports Rush
60. The best heart to hearts

61. The day we get our staff sweatshirts
62. Nights off at the silver dipper
63. If its your birthday you're treated like a king/queen! Order of the oar!
64. Combined cabin names like creekasaw and (what's the boys one? Miami hawk or something? )
65. When your res kids get really excited to see you after day camp all day
66. When pathfinders aren't too old to hold your hand
67. Doing little things that are funny like telling campers that James' name is Maggie
68. Getting letters from home
69. When everyone has ten times more highs than lows for the day
70. Feeling accomplished at the end of the day
71. Stayover weekends when everyone gets closer
72. Getting mail from campers after they've gone home
73. "opening campfire because of how we dress up" says Rachel.
74. coming back early from nights off b/c you miss everyone
75. walking around camp just for the fun of it
76. Family night when you get to talk to the parents about how great their kid is
77. Walk the plank is so funny every week
78. Getting a friendship bracelet is better than getting a diamond one
79. Playing with camp kids like shay Braden and Raegan
80. Desert Pete!

81. The room chapel because I feel like it makes everyone really think
82. SHAMU in the pool
83. digging up clay in the shallow end of the lake with kids
84. playing "remember when..." with counselors about all the previous weeks
85. everyone smiles pretty much all the time
86. Standing in the back of chapel and watching everyone
87. Doing dc awards with your partners and laughing while you think of names
88. When campers arrive one by one and you make awkward small talk and go through the schedule
89. Crying with the pathfinders because you don't want them to leave either
90. When you get closer to home friends because they come to camp with you
91. There are 7 whales in Richard g marsh lake, and syrup in Irving.
92. Sitting in circles talking about life is an everyday occurrence
93. Prayer bracelets with the braves
94. No makeup is normal
95. Counselor ultimate frisbee and soccer on Fridays
96. When little campers remember your name
97. The people who get really into GaGa
98. The fact that a large amount of Brazil's population works at camp
99. Singing songs while you walk places and having passing cabins or trail groups join in
100. Chatterbox prayers

101. Growing like a tree in Johnny Appleseed
102. Playing the iPod game with CILTs
103. Theta Kappa Lambda sis koom bah
104. When you accidentally match someone and get so excited
105. overalls... whenever possible...
106. Highs and lows every night
107. Grilled cheese for lunch
108. Learning to love and be loved
109. Country hoe-down theme dinner
110. Glow stick campfire
111. when new counselor clothes arrive and everyone puts them on right away
112. watching what little kids eat at meals... like 10 rolls or a plate of cheese and ranch dressing.
113. fresh candles at the beginning of the summer that get burned most of the way down and have dead bugs trapped in the wax by the end
114. the rope swing at the lake, so simple but the most fun
115. walking in the horse parade and yelling cheers most of the way
116. swimming to the blob as fast as you can because you only get a few minutes
117. CORNDOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love them oh my gosh
118. ice cream sandwiches for dessert
119. always having a crush on Arapaho
120. getting to work dc shoutout or cup stacking or watermelon winner

121. Molly Brunner's side pony tail
122. Getting pictures from little campers
123. All the treasures waiting to be found at VONS
124. Starspinning with the pathfinders
125. Watching hip hop clinic at closing campfire
126. Clipboards and camelback water bottles
127. When braves sleep during rest hour
128. Playing 4 square at trading post
129. Everyone fits in
130. Noodles for dinner at least once a week
131. When Arielle makes me laugh so hard I cry
132. Carolyn Kata's dance moves
133. Dance parties in the CAC
134. Krafty's stories
135. Evan's riddles
136. Singing little red wagon till you lose your voice
137. When Mary lets me sit on her lap on the porch
138. When day campers get so excited to spend the night Thursday
139. When Shannon gives you a ride on the golf cart
140. One piece swimsuit tan lines are totally acceptable

141. Songfest- from katie dixon
142. getting apples four times a day
143. yelling Y-M! and then C-A! at campfire
144. Posing next to the statue of the lady outside the CAC
145. Joel saying what the hobb
146. Giving piggybacks to kiddos across main field
147. When Brock tries to kiss you every time you see him
148. Water extravaganza and cheeto head
149. Devotions on the suspension bridge
150. Working together to try to break the jump rope record, or just try to get to 100 if you're in the RV
151. The bond every girl that has ever lived in Teton share
152. Hugs from Colleen Kelley
153. Rachel's goodnight dear _____, goodnight and take your rest song
154. mail from people on their weeks off
155. The owl at the top of mount wood
156. Recognizing old kids on check-in day, better yet when they remember you first
157. Not being at school
158. Singing on the Longhouse porch after lunch
159. Anything that has to do with the Yurt
160. Bright backpacks dripping with bracelets and keychains and bead buddies and ribbons and stuff

161. Looking forward to devotions
162. Encouraging campers on during swim check
163. Talking to warrior or pathfinder girls during trading post
164. Running to your friends' cabins on nights off to see what they're wearing or borrow clothes
165. Coming back early from nights off to be in devotions
166. Getting to meet the siblings of your campers and becoming friends with them too
167. Living out of plastic drawers
168. Having discussions about what the lyrics of songs mean with Blazer girls
169. Kids that are really quirky i.e. they talk in accent all week or carry around a catepillar or do impersonations of Fabio
170. When you realize that helping kids have fun and feel loved is your favorite part of the job

102 days until summer camp 2012 and we can hardly wait.

1 comment:

  1. i just really love this. all of it. i can't even wait for week 9. my heart is going to burst!