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Lily K

hometown ​Summit, NJ
3 Year Camper • 2016-2018
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​So many reasons to love CWW

Camp is such a special place. I have only been going for two years and I already feel connected to all my friends and family there. On the first day, I walked in as a shy and scared girl and came out as a powerful leader and friend. Over my two years of going to camp, I have made at least fifty friends and I enjoy every one of them. Camp is a time to find out who you really are and to learn important life lessons along the way. For example, you learn how to live with a group for seven weeks straight and to still not be tired of them afterwards.

Camp is not only fun and gives you a chance to discover yourself, it also gives you a chance to bond with girls and boys. At home you might feel uncomfortable hanging out with boys, but at camp you spend a lot of your day with them. You get to go on hikes with your brother or sister bunk and even eat with them! Also, camp has a huge variety of sports. I know that this doesn’t sound important, but every sport you play turns into a bonding experience with your bunk. For example, I have always hated soccer, but at camp even if you are bad or don’t like it somehow the coaches find a place to fit you in. This is one of my favorite parts of camp.

Another amazing thing about camp is the Olympics at the end of the summer. The Olympics has two teams (they are different ones every year). All day you do sports and other activities. This is a time where you can bond with campers from other bunks. At night there is a rope burn where the oldest campers try to burn a thick rope with the wood that they collect all day. Whichever team rope breaks the fastest usually wins the Olympics. The best part about Olympics is that no one is allowed to brag if they win because this is part of the camp spirit.

I can’t say enough about how much Camp Walt Whitman means to me. It’s my home away from home.