The ABC's Of Summer Camp

The ABC's Of Summer Camp

T is for tie dye of course.
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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.

C: Campfire

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.

G: Games

Counselors basically have a book of them they know how to teach.

H: Homesick

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.

K: Kayaking

"Please don't let anyone tip today, please don't let anyone tip today."

L: Line Dancing

Is it really camp without line dancing?

M: Marshmallow

A tasty camp classic and sometimes a code word for homesick campers. (We call is Marshmallow Fever.)

N: Nurse

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!

P: Patience

Something you must have to work with kids.

Q: Quiet


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.

S: Staff

Actually the coolest people at camp ever.

T: Tie Dye


A basic camp staple.

U: Upchuck

God bless your soul if you've ever had a puking camper.

V: Victory

From a winning hand of cards to getting picky campers to eat its all about little victories.

W: Walk

Usually used in the common phrase of "Walk please!"

X: X - Rated

AKA conversations and topics that are deemed not camp friendly.

Y: Youth

The whole reason we do this is for the kids.

Z: Zoo

Basically the synonym for summer camp period.

It may be crazy, but there's nothing else I'd rather know more about than camp.

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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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It's okay to have no plans this summer.

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Summer seems to roll around faster and faster every year and the question that's always asked is"what are you doing this summer?" Some people love to answer this question, maybe they have a trip planned to backpack across Europe or have a 2-week vacation in the Bahamas. My point is, everyone seems to have these big summer plans. Some people spend the whole summer traveling and are never even home, but there are always gonna be some people who, like me, have absolutely no plans this summer.

Do I wish I was traveling across Europe or spending a few weeks in the Bahamas? Sure. But in reality, my summer plans include working 5 or 6 days a week. I'm not ashamed of this and I wouldn't say I'm jealous of those traveling because I'm still determined to make the best of my summer.

There is so much pressure everywhere on Instagram and Snapchat to post all the fun things you're doing and to capture the moment. This creates the pressure that you always have to be doing something fun or spontaneous.

Summer should be whatever you want it to be. If you want to spend every day at the beach, do it. If you want to spend every day in bed or at home, that's good too. We all have different definitions of fun.

Summer has just started and everyone should make the most of their summer in their own way. My friends and I always make a bucket list of all the things we want to do by the end of the summer. None of it involves traveling or much planning, it's just little things we can do when we get bored.

Don't feel jealous when you see other people traveling this summer. Make your own fun plans, make a bucket list, and make the most of every day this summer.

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