45 years of ridiculous.
45 years of girls running through the mountains, singing songs at the top of their lungs.
45 years of lifelong friendships, unified by a single, magical location.
This past Memorial Day weekend, nearly 200 former and current staff gathered together in our beloved mountainside and reconnected after years, or months apart. Each generation of staff mingled with each other, their years of service ranging from 1968 to 2013.
Back in April, I wrote “My Sisterhood of Neverland: Ode To A Lost Friend” in respect for two counselors from my own generation who passed away this previous year. It was a relief to gather this weekend with my 20-30 of my best friends without the weight of loss pressing on us.
It was a weekend of remembering, of celebrating, of supporting, and looking forward.
We remembered those we have lost.
We sang a few songs (with a few guitars)
Including our camp anthem
Fundraised for the camp
We played on the lake.
Some went up high on a peak.
Some hiked a little lower
Slept in interesting places
Watched the Sunset
Met the future generation of staff
Engaged in various shenanigans
And had an all around good time with friends
Here’s looking forward to the 50th Anniversary.
Thanks to Chuck and the whole planning committee for a fantastic weekend!
It was great seeing everyone in good circumstances and good health, fun to catch-up, and exciting to look towards the future.
What are the magical places / people of your life? What group of people have you bonded with for life? What would you do if you were attacked by a Gorn?
Disclaimer: Some of these pictures were borrowed from my friends Facebook
Side Note: I like this picture of me wearing my Counselor Tool Belt (like Batman’s utility belt). It didn’t fit into the categories above, but I thought it was fun.
Shameless Plug: If you live in Southern California (or further, if you’re willing), have a daughter between 7-17, check out sending her to Camp Scherman. This could be the greatest experience of her life.