Summer camp was one of the best experiences of my life. From the camp songs, to all of the activities that kept me busy throughout the day, I have many fond memories that have kept me reminiscing until this day. Camp is a part of me. There are certain things about camp that I will never forget, as they are embedded in my thoughts forever.
The bumpy ride on the bus as we drove up the camp road knowing that every ditch and pothole we hit brought us closer to our final destination. We were filled with the anticipation of seeing old friends and meeting new ones and discussing which counselors were our favorite and what meal we were looking forward to. The smell of the cabin as we walked in to find our beds, the feeling of summer would hit me as the nostalgic smell heightened my senses. The sound of the metal clamps hitting the flag pole, while the misty dew of the summer mornings kept the grass moist and bright green frogs actively hopped around our circle as chipmunks ran around the grounds. It was then that as campers we realized that we were not in the city anymore.
It is safe to say that camp was a magical place where all you needed to do was wake up and play all day, while having encouraging and supportive adults saying, “Come on Adam you can pass your swim test.” Camp was a place where my fears were laid to rest and my possibilities became infinite. A place where I felt safe, comfortable, and supported, but most importantly a place where I could be myself.
There are many wonderful things I could say about camp, and I could probably go on for days explaining my love and appreciation for my camp experiences. The amazing thing is that now I have come full circle, and I have the opportunity every summer to provide these forever memories for more than 300 campers. Now I have the pleasure to not only create my own memories but share in the memories with my campers, who will eventually become adults and have a chance to carry on the spirit of camp within themselves.
Adam Perez Sr.