Sleepaway Camp Tour Weekend - Upstate NY Edition
This July, my family had the pleasure of touring two sleepaway camps in Upstate New York. For those of you who are not familiar, sleepaway camp is a place where you can send your children for 4-7 weeks to stay overnight and live with counselors and other campers in cabins with assigned beds, cubbies, and if lucky, ceiling fans! Every day you have new set of activities with your bunkmates such as sports, crafts, music, nature, swim and other electives.
Many people rave about sleepaway camp. In fact, my parents and a lot of their friends met at Camp-Na-Sho-Pa back in 1969 and are still married to this day. A lot of my very good friends have lifelong buddies who they met at sleepaway camp. Some of the best entrepreneurs and business leaders even have stories about their summer camp experiences.
The two camps we toured I remember playing against in intercamps 25 plus years ago. Intercamp is when one camp hosts a nearby camp in a series of sporting events and everyone has lunch together in between the games. Then you trade barbs with the other camp on whose dining room or canteen is better – you know, the important stuff.
It truly was like going back in time to see what I could remember about the layout of the camps, the bunks, field house, pools, baseball fields, etc. My favorite part was going into the bunks and seeing plaques that campers throughout the years hung above their beds commemorating their camp year. Some themed theirs with Bart Simpson from the 1990s and some went as far back as the 1970s. Very cool to see the history of a camp right before your eyes.
We left not knowing if our kids would even want to go to sleepaway camp next year, but it was super cool to expose them to what it is and bring back the nostalgia of my childhood. And since I always like to help people, for those of you who are thinking about sending your kids to sleepaway camp, here a few tips to impart: