If there's one thing I look forward to every summer year after year it's camp. After years and years as a camper then staff member I feel like an unofficial expert on the subject. Since I don't have time to write a full book on camp, I'll just start a small glossary instead. Here are the ABC's that every camp counselor or staffer know all too well.
A: Air Conditioning
Unless your camp is new and modern this is one luxury you'll be without.
B: Bug Spray
Depending on who you are it's either the first thing you pack or the one thing you forget.
Essentially the best camp activity ever.
D: Dining Hall
Practically the central hub of camp where you come for food, songs, skits and important information.
E: Energy Drinks.
The best friend of every tired camp counselor.
F: Flip Flops
Because there's no way you're stepping in that shower stall barefoot.
Counselors basically have a book of them they know how to teach.
You hope and pray every year you won't have any homesick campers but there's always at least one.
I: Ice Cream
The first thing to sell out from the camp store.
J: Jewelry Making
Friendship bracelets for days.
"Please don't let anyone tip today, please don't let anyone tip today."
L: Line Dancing
Is it really camp without line dancing?
A tasty camp classic and sometimes a code word for homesick campers. (We call is Marshmallow Fever.)
The nicest person at camp you hope to never have to go see.
O: Outside Voices
BECAUSE IT'S OKAY TO YELL AT CAMP, IT'S CAMP!
Something you must have to work with kids.
Something that rarely happens unless everyone is asleep.
R: Rest Time
The worst part of the day as a camper, the absolute best part of the day as a staff member.
Actually the coolest people at camp ever.
T: Tie Dye
A basic camp staple.
God bless your soul if you've ever had a puking camper.
From a winning hand of cards to getting picky campers to eat its all about little victories.
Usually used in the common phrase of "Walk please!"
X: X - Rated
AKA conversations and topics that are deemed not camp friendly.
The whole reason we do this is for the kids.
Basically the synonym for summer camp period.
It may be crazy, but there's nothing else I'd rather know more about than camp.