My happy camping days with you

by Rachel Hodge – Camper 2003-2009, Staff 2010-2012

As many others have stated in their stories, it is the people who make camp memorable. For me, my camper experience would not have been the same without my friend Norah.

                                                                                         Session 1, 2004

I met Norah my second summer at Camp Big Canoe. There are very few memories from being a camper that don’t involve her. From the ages of 11-16 we were in the same unit, then the same Skills group, and finally the same LIT group. Although we rarely spoke during the school year there was something special about growing up together at camp. 16-year-old us was just as keen to stay up late talking, sign up for lake swim, and sing our hearts out at campfire as 11-year-old us had been. We were each other’s dates to the s-prog dance, partners for our 8-day Skills trip (which also happened to be Norah’s birthday!), and ran our special day rotation together as LITs.

When I attended camp for the first time, I didn’t know a single person. Whilst I was never a child who had any hesitations about going (I practically begged my parents), I want any potential camper to know that it’s okay to attend camp without friends from home. Even if you don’t know anyone, by the end of your first day at Big Canoe, you’ll have made such amazing new friends, you’ll still be thinking about them 13 years later!

I am grateful for the 10 summers I spent at camp, and for all the friends who made my experience unforgettable.

Author Bio

Camp Big Canoe is a not-for-profit overnight recreational camp for kids ages 6-16 in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

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