Traditional Summer Camps

Written by Rebecca Russell
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When envisioning summer camp, very often the most traditional activities come to mind. There are campers swimming, canoeing, learning to tie knots and cooking over an open fire. These traditional activities remain today, particularly in camps that have been in existence for over 50 years.

Camps that have been in business for decades have the benefit of years of practice and tradition. The tried and true programs, games and evening activities have been perfected over time. In some cases, perfection is defined by updating through the years and adding more modern activity options such as computer programming. In other cases, program perfection is the simple understanding that the game of baseball and arts and crafts will always be major attractions.

A strong sense of tradition will often be established by returning campers and by campers of different generations in the same family. If a camp has been in existence for a number of years, there is a good chance that many campers will be sons or daughters of former campers. In many cases, these children have heard tales of summers past and by attending the same camp, they establish some common ground with their parents. This is especially helpful if a child is in the middle of the rocky teen years.

Camp History and Legend

Some of the most memorable parts of camp, for many, are the camp legends and stories, told over and over again around the campfire. When camp history spans over time, the storytellers gain more credibility, especially if they have worked or attended camp for a number of years. In many cases, certain legends ring more true than others. Some camps have resident haunts or were built upon old burial grounds (so they say). Other camps have events that have gone on year after year, gaining a somewhat legendary status. Whatever the story, there is a certain magic derived from stars overhead and the firelight below, which can bring any story to life.

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