Camp Friends Are The Best Friends

Camp Friends Are The Best Friends

There are no other friends like them.


I went to camp as a child for five summers and then worked at a camp as a teenager for six summers, and the friends I have from both of those experiences are unlike any other.

When you spend eight hours a day, five days a week with people for two months, inevitably, you are going to form a special bond with these people. A bond so special that even years later, you can still call some of them your best friends. I am lucky enough to have many camp friends and I will always be lucky enough to call them my best friends.

Camp itself is a very special place.

The lack of technology at camp makes it so unique and it is something you are sure not to find anywhere else. At camp, it is about the people you are with and only those people. You aren't spending the day texting and scrolling through social media, you are spending the day forming relationships with the other people at camp.

Getting to know so many other people who share the same values as you and want the same thing from their summer job is a feeling unlike any other. A feeling that I am lucky enough to experience year after year when I return to camp.

Camp friends have seen you in your truest form and they still love you, and that is something special. Not only do they see you like that, but they meet you like that.

Camp is such a pure place that everyone walks in being themselves from day one and you get to know people for who they really are.

I have had many other jobs and not a single other one is like this. Everyone is always so caught up in protecting their perfect image that they forget to just be themselves, but camp isn't like that. This is the one place where your friends really get to know and love you for who you are and not who you want them to think you are.

Camp also has a way of bringing the most genuine people together. I have never met more people with more pure intentions than the people at camp. No one is at camp for the personal advances, everyone is there for a fun summer where they can forget about the craziness of their everyday lives.

We all love camp and wouldn't want to spend a summer anywhere else. This is something so unique to camp because nowhere else do people love their job as much as they love camp.

My camp friends are some of the most incredible people in my life. They have seen me at my lowest lows and my highest highs. They are so special, and no other friends are like them. These friends are the most genuine people I have ever met and I am lucky to know them. Calling them just my camp friends is a complete understatement because they are more than that, they are my best friends.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.

“It's so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it, but suddenly, there right in front of you is everything you ever need."


Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It's as if I wished up a best friend, and poof — you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn't trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Medders

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10 Fun Things You Should Do With Your College Friends Before Summer

Before your friend from New York heads back home, grab her and enjoy her company while you can.



1. Go on a shopping spree for summer clothes

2. Try out a new restaurant

3. Get matching tattoos (or henna if this is too extreme)

4. Get piercings together

5. Go bowling with a group of friends

6. Go skydiving

7. Go explore a zoo

8. Go on a hiking trail

9. Plan out a weekend to meet over the summer

10. P-A-R-T-Y!!

In college, you meet people from all over the world. Though when you become best friends with those people it is hard to say goodbye when the college year ends. Hopefully, these ideas will help you say goodbye easier (it will definitely be hard but at least you have these memories to hold on too)!


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