On the evening of the 3rd I was sitting outside with a couple of friends having a beer after the local fireworks display and had just sprayed my legs with Off to keep the bugs away and the smell made me nostalgic for summer camp. I suddenly had memories of lining up for my turn to be sprayed with mosquito repellent each evening.
I went to summer camp for a couple weeks each summer from about 3rd grade through 7th or 8th grade. It was a camp run by the local Episcopal diocese but wasn't very religious. I never really learned anything at these camps but did get to try my hand at archery and canoeing. My favorite activity was always just hiking through woods and the evenings when we would get to do night time hikes.
A good number of my friends went to some sort of camp each summer, be it a camp like mine which was basically just an excuse for your parents to get rid of you for some time or some sort of theme camp - my wife used to go to an equestrian camp each summer and of course there were band camps and art camps and sport camps. But when I was older and joined the Marines and met people from other parts of the country, particularly the South and the West Coast, summer camp seemed like a foreign concept to them. Is it mainly a Midwest and Northeast phenomena?
How about among my fellow Cyburbians? Did you go to summer camp? If so, do you have any particularly strong memories or interesting stories? Do you send your kids to camp each summer?