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Turns out my kids love sleep away camp! But they are very subtle about it. Like last week I got this letter from my 9 year old daughter…

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The circus activities are fun! Fantastic! Tell me more…

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The kids in the “green shirts” are day campers who get to go home at night.

And clearly she’s begging us to let her come home. But I’m also reading between the lines and I think she’s saying… I LOVE THIS CAMP!!!

Above view of young children standing together in the park with handsclasp

Anyway, this is one of those 3 week camps, where the kids come home on the weekends. Never heard of it? I’ll tell you why. Because no one is looking for their kids to come home on the weekends!

As soon as my 9 year old daughter got home, she totally defected. She insisted she wasn’t going back. And frankly, we didn’t make her.

Because she’s 9. And summer is supposed to be fun, not agonizing.  And most importantly, because they had a pretty generous refund policy.

I still have one kid at sleep away camp.

Who I’m just going to assume is having the BEST TIME EVER!! (Please don’t tell me otherwise.)

7 Responses to it’s best not to read your kid’s letters from camp

  • Paul says:

    Most traumatic incident of my life – and that was just one week at camp. I wasn’t very aggressive and they beat on me so I lived in fear, I had hay fever and the camp was in a hay field, the camper above me in the bunk peed the bed every night and I would wake up to yellow rain, we went on a camp out for one night and woke up at 2 am realizing we had pitched out tents in a giant ants’ nest and we were all covered with ants. We broke camp but it was pouring rain and I got the worst cold of my life. I did like to sit by the lake under the trees by myself, but they only allowed that for a few minutes as all the activities were tightly planned and unless i was too sick to get out of my wet bed,I had to go – it was the rules.

  • Deb Ringold says:

    OMG that letter is hysterical! But it sounds like Summer’s camp experience was paradise compared to Paul (comment above) so she should be thankful!!!!

  • Angi says:

    As traumatizing as day camp was for me as a kid, I must’ve been a sucker for punishment because I went to work as a counselor at an overnight camp while I was in college. It was the. worst. summer. of my life. You’re probably the best mom in the world right now for NOT sending her back. LOL

  • Jessica says:

    Awwww….I wrote those same letters to my mom when she sent me away to sleepover camp. I think the whole “going home on weekends” and the day camp kid thing stinks. It does not help those who are homesick…at.all. because they can see there are options.

    I can say, try again next year. 30+ years later I am still close friends with my “Summer Sisters” (no, they aren’t all named summer or are they my real sisters” and I am so thankful for the learning and growing I did at camp…we still go back once a year for camp reunion (read, booze it up at camp and not get kicked out while leaving all kids at home with the husbands for the weekend) and it is still the most magical place ever…

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