Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Heart of the Heartland
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My sister and I both went to sleep away camp every year from third grade to our junior year of High school, and LOVED it -- for both of us, it's one of our favorite child hood memories, and we still have 'camp' friends that we're in touch with ten years later. We both started off in YMCA camp, which was focused on the usual outdoorsy, nature-and crafts stuff. I switched to horseback Riding Camp and then language camp, where I learned Spanish and Russian, and my sis eventually started doing more outward bound stuff -- canoeing and hiking, ending with a 6 week trip to canoe in the arctic.
My mom loved it as well -- she got time to focus on each of us alone and when we got older and went for longer periods of time she would make sure one of our weeks overlapped so she got a vacation from kids. We didn't have a lot of money, so my sister and I always did fund raisers and walked dogs and shovelled snow to pay for camp that summer.
I think my sister started out in Day Camp in first or second grade for a few weeks, which was kind of in leiu of the normal daycare we were in over the summer. We both started sleep-away camp for one week in third grade, and in fifth or sixth grade went up to two weeks, and then four weeks in eigth or ninth grade. (My four week langauge camp offered high school credit for one full year of Spanish per four week term)
Spending all of my money and time on this wild, wild life.