March 20, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
In the Wall Street Journal, there was an article earlier in the week about summer camps for adults, “The Best Summer Camps for Grown-Ups“. For a pretty hefty fee, you can go to cowboy college in Arizona, Broadway fantasy camp , writing camp in the Hamptons, or bird watching camp in Maine. If I had a little more disposable income, I would surely sign up for Interlochen’s choral camp and sign my little heart out with a bunch of other 30-somethings. I miss camp.
If you traveled back in time and asked 10-year-old Sarah what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you “camp counselor”.
I was a summer camping queen. I went to musical theatre camp where I learned all the words to “America” from West Side Story and was cast in the chorus because I can’t pirouette. One summer was spent in art camp working on a paper mache elephant mask. I went to summer camp at Sky Ranch from ages 7 to 16. I learned how to shoot a rifle, paddle a canoe, play chubby bunny, clean a toilet, and sing a whole lot of hymns. I loved every minute.
In fact, as my darling husband has pointed out, I dressed like a camp counselor for about 10 years. For example: the
You know you are jealous of my wide-brimmed hat and sunlight blocking clothes.
Post-hike up to Sterling Pond via Smuggler’s Notch in New Hampshire with my own wild thing.
Camp counselor chic is still my go-to style. Baggy t-shirts and cut off shorts for everybody!
Now, as a stay at home mom, I can fulfill my camp counselor dreams year round. I get to herd
cows labradoodles, hog tie pigs change diapers, and do arts and crafts clean up dropped Cheerios. I’m living the dream!
I’m so excited about this summer- Sam will be walking soon (fingers crossed) and we’re going to spend our days making mud pies, swinging at the playground, and chasing Gilligan in the backyard. Nick and I have already begun planning our camping trips for this summer. On the list: Elmore State Park in Elmore, VT, Erving State Forest, in Erving, MA, and a week at Danforth Bay in Freedom, NH. The heat cannot return fast enough.
What are your summer plans?
Tent or hotel?