25 Things You Know To Be True If You've Ever Been To Summer Camp

25 Things You Know To Be True If You've Ever Been To Summer Camp

It's a good day to be at camp.

Summer camp is one of the best places to go.

It's the place you learn to try new thing, face fears, push your boundaries, and accept yourself. No matter how long you've been going to camp, you learn something new about yourself each time, which is the best part about going. That camp becomes your second home that you love more than your first home.

With that being said, here are 25 things that you should know if you've ever been to any summer camp:

1. You Could Only Wear Shoes With A Back On Them.

Good thing crocs are in style.

2. All The Best Camp Songs Seem To Involve A Death.


3. Stealing Food From The Kitchen Is The Highlight Of The Week.

Or when you get extra smores.

4. Trying To Find Out The Riddle For "Green Glass Door".

Harry Potter is allowed to go through the green glass door but Hermione is not.

5. Going To Walmart During Camp Time Is One Of The Best Adventures Ever.

It's the only piece of the real world you get during camp time.

6. Who Has The Best Watch Tan.

It's a camp-wide competition.

7. Lost And Found Actually Means If No One Claims It By The End Of The Week, I'm Taking It.

"I got this from lost and found" is what I hear about 10 times at the end of each week.

8. Duct Tape Fixes Just About Everything And If It Doesn't, Then That Thing Is Broken.

I'm sorry, but we don't carry round screwdrivers or hammers, but we always have duct tape.

9. The Need To Keep Everything Camp Appropriate.

By everything, I actually mean everything: the words coming out your mouth, the clothes you wear, music, movies, the games you play, and more.

10. You Can't Eat Peanuts.

This is when you learn that most things you love have peanuts in them.

11. The First Rule To Every Cabin Is To NOT DIE.

Last rule: HAVE FUN!

12. Before Buying A New T-Shirt, You Think About If You Would Wear This To Camp.

I end up not buying a lot of shirts because of this.

13. Mastering To Take A Shower In Four Minutes Or Less.

And practicing to do so when it gets close to camp time.

14. You Don't Get Homesick, But You Do Get Camp Sick.

I miss camp everyday I'm not there.

15. There Are Only Two Seasons-- Camp And Not Camp.

The not camp season is obviously the least favorite.

16. Worry About Going To Camp Instead Of Worrying About Paying Rent.

Camp is more important then anything else.

17. All You Want To Do Is Tie Dye.

There's so much tie dye in my closet.

18. Friendship Bracelets And Lanyards Are The Only Arts And Crafts You Want To Do.

Since this is the only craft everyone wants to do, you end up leaving with a lot more then you came with.

19. All You Want To Do Is Tell Camp Stories, But Your Friends Keep Looking At You Weird.

The looks get worse when you start singing camp songs.

20. Arranging Your Whole Summer Around Camp Because You Can't Miss It.

Sorry, but I can't make it to your graduation party, camp is at that time.

21. Your Favorite Shirts Are Camp Shirts.

It's like sponsoring camp since you wear the shirts so much.

22. You Have A Different Personality At Camp Than When You're Not At Camp.

Knowing if that's a good or bad thing will always be an unanswered question.

23. Missing Your Camp Friends Throughout The Year.

But you don't really miss your home friends while you're at camp.

24. Wanting To Work At Camp For The Rest Of Your Life.

I'm going to be the camp director one day! I promise you!

25. Knowing The Cup Song Before It Was In "Pitch Perfect".

Watching everyone struggle to learn it was funny.

Doesn't matter how long you've been going to camp, it's always a different experience and there is always that one summer that changes you that you will remember forever.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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The Absolute Struggles Of Going Back To Your Campus Job After A Summer Sleeping In

Balancing a job and school after relaxing during the summer can be hard.


Sometimes, the worst part about summer break ending isn't because of having to go back to college. While most of my friends were busy working over the summer, I was lucky enough to enjoy summer break off my normal job tutoring at my college campus. Most people I know would ask me what it's like to transition from not having a summer job to having to work over the school year.

It's hard. I mean, there are both good and bad things about going from not working over the summer to working during the school year. For one thing, when you go the entire summer without working, it can be a huge chore to suddenly have to work again. You live on a schedule before the summer when you are working. But as soon as you stop working for the summer, you get off the schedule.

You get off the schedule for planning how many hours to work, figuring out when to set your alarm and other things. When your alarm first goes off in the morning, it's a huge struggle to get up after a whole summer of sleeping in. You find yourself constantly fighting the urge not to throw your alarm out your bedroom window. And coffee becomes the only beverage you drink.

What makes it even harder is that having a job while going to college forces you to figure out how to juggle your classes with working. You have to plan out time to do your homework and how many hours to work during the school year. It can definitely be overwhelming and stressful at first when you go back to work

Also, you find that you have less time to work on any hobbies that you worked on during the summer. For example, during the summer I would play piano, read and write whenever I had the time. In the summer I had plenty of time to work on my hobbies, but now I'm lucky when I get to read something that isn't a scholarly article!

On the plus side, after not having any money for the whole summer, you finally get paychecks that help you pay off any expenses you had over the summer! In addition, if you enjoy your job and workplace, you find that you've missed working over the summer.

I love tutoring students! I am majoring in middle childhood education, and tutoring is similar to teaching. I love helping students understand math, and I found that I really missed working over the summer!

Another good thing about working is that it's harder to get bored now that you find yourself always busy. In the summer, you start to run out of things to do, especially if you didn't have that many vacations to go on over the summer. However, when you are able to start working again, you find yourself so busy that you have a hard time not having something to do over the school year.

If you're a tutor, you also tend to forget most of the information you used for tutoring. If you're tutoring a specific class, for example, you have to go over all of the notes you had or information for that class so that you can tutor students successfully. It's even harder if you're a math tutor since math is one of the easiest things to forget over the summer since it requires a lot of practice. Which means that as soon as you start working, it's time to spend at least an hour reviewing all of the notes before starting your job!

Even though going back to work over the school year after a summer of relaxing can be stressful, it can also have its benefits. It's definitely a huge transition just as going back to college from summer break can be. However, once you start to get used to working again during the school year, you find yourself glad to be back at your job again.

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