Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Camp? What's that?

This summer, for the first time in my existence, I will be going to summer camp. I've done day camps and stuff like that, but this year, I will go to an overnight camp for almost an entire week.  (Sunday through Thursday.)
The camp I'm going to is called "4-H Junior Camp."  I am really excited about this camp for 2 main reasons:
1 - We will be sleeping in dormitories, instead of tents, which have AIR CONDITIONING!!!
and 2 - There will be SHOWERS!
And believe me, I have two brothers who just finished Boy Scout Camp, and I have heard SEVERAL times that this is not a "REAL" camp.  Yeah, we're not sleeping in tents, we don't have to hang up our food in trees to keep the bears away, and we are allowed to stay sanitary... but it's STILL camping.

campingpresent participle of camp (Verb)

  1. Live for a time in a camp, tent, or camper, as when on vacation.
  2. (of a man) Behave in an ostentatiously effeminate way: "he camped it up a bit for the cameras".
See, I don't HAVE to sleep in a tent to be considered a camper.  And, I am on vacation.  There will still  be small chores, but I will be hanging out with friends, getting nothing done, and (hopefully) having a good time.  So yes, I will be a qualified camper.
In this camp, you get to sign up for 3 different classes to do during the day.  I signed up for a high ropes course, gardening, and a percussion type thing.
The high ropes course is for rock wall climbing, and stuff like that.  I really want to do the gardening class because here in our little town home, we are not very successful with planting.  Well, my mom is.  She is growing two tomato plants and a fig tree, but I want to REALLY garden.  And it's always really hot here in VA, so most of the time, I don't even try.  The percussion class is for making instruments out of common household items.  The best part is that you get to come up with a song to play at the last campfire, in front of everybody - so hopefully we'll come up with something good.
I'm not exactly sure if I will get these classes.  It really depends if I turned my forms in soon enough.  I'm sure that a lot of people will want to do the high ropes course, so I'm really hoping I'll get that one.
This week I started packing for camp, and believe it or not, I don't have a lot of camping clothes.  I couldn't imagine wearing any of my clothes to camp, because I would be screaming the whole time, "No!  This shirt cost me ___ BUCKS!  Keep that water and mud and WHATEVER that stuff is AWAY from me!!!" 
We don't really have the money to go and buy a whole new wardrobe for me, so my mom took me to a thrift store.  Usually, I hate thrift stores.  There is always a lot of weird/creepy stuff in there, so most of the time I try and stay as far away from there as I can.  But mom took me to a really nice shop, where all the clothes were completely organized into sections.  This meant that I didn't have to sort through everything, which saved me a lot of time.  I came home with a lot of nice stuff, which were perfect for camping, but still had a little style.  I even found some brand name stuff that looked like they hadn't even been used.  Mom and I spent a total of 50 some dollars, which originally would have been about 80 if it wasn't a discount day.  With 50 dollars, I could only buy about 2 or 3 things at some of my favorite stores, but at this thrift store, I got about 11.  I was so happy!!!  (Plus, mom got some really nice stuff, too.)  I wouldn't be surprised if I shopped there again.
So now I'm all set for camp, and am really excited!  Two of my other friends are also going, which keeps me from worrying about not making any friends.
Okay.  I've probably talked enough now.   Thank you for listening.  ;)


  1. I miss your cooking!! Are you sure you don't want to stay home and cook another week of meals???

  2. Sleeping indoors? Showers? Air conditioning? Now, that's MY idea of camping.