Through A Camper's Eyes

Please describe a significant event or experience in your life that has profoundly shaped who you are today.

“Come on, place your bet. There is already 20 bucks on MESME.”

No, this is not about the conquering of a gambling addiction but rather my story of a life-changing summer at a girl’s overnight camp and the bitter-sweet taste of responsibility. I spent many summers there as a camper, swimming, crafting, and horseback riding. My best childhood memories have Camp Wabasso as their stage. I have stargazed in the middle of the night, had late-night bonding sessions with girls that became as close to me as sisters, survived nightmare trail-rides, and experienced the worst storms I have ever seen. Coming back year after year for nine summers, there are quite a few of us returning girls. We have made ourselves a summer family, a summer home, and we have our own little niche in the world. Some people dance their whole lives, and call themselves dancers. Others make music and call themselves musicians. I have always been to camp, so I’m proud to call myself a camper.

The joys cannot last forever, however. It ended at 15 years old when the counselor-in-training program began and was followed by the internship program. Essentially, a CIT is defined as simply as a camper that does not need have a bathroom buddy at night and can bring a cell...

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