And just like that, the summer of 2014 is over. It seems like just yesterday I was arriving for orientation and most of you were sending your bags off to meet you at camp. I am sure that many feel the same way as I do- the summer flew by! The anticipation for the summer was overwhelming: excitement over what cabin we would be in, who would be our bunkmates, what special events will take place, when is color war breaking, etc. Forty-nine beautifully sunny days passed us by (with the exception of 2 rainy days) and then the buses drove through the totem poles and the “You’ll Be Back” sign, signifying the official end of the summer of 2014.
Our hearts were filled with sadness and our eyes with tears as we said goodbye to our fellow campers and our counselors. Memories of the summer’s events swept through our minds as we boarded our buses and planes to go home.
You’ve been home for 6 days now, and maybe now some of your summer sadness has subsided as you begin to rejoin life at home. Some of you went back to school while others have a few weeks longer to soak in the summer sun. Maybe you have showed some friends pictures from the summer, sung color war songs to your family, and told embarrassing and funny stories of your summer to your siblings in an attempt to reminisce over the past 7 weeks.
As the weather turns cold, the leaves begin to fall, and darkness comes earlier with each passing day, hold the memories of 2014 in your hearts. FA and IA will be missing you. We cannot wait to reunite once more under the pines in a short 309 days! Have a safe, happy and healthy winter, and don’t forget to keep in touch! Keep in contact with your friends and counselors; it is true that the bonds you make at camp will last forever.