Expecting an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and stress, but all i got was a confusing sense of what to feel. Finally. My first summer to work at camp. Like I had always dreamed (as cheeseché as it sounds) i am finally apart of the camp staff. It’s crazy to think that not even that long ago I was just a 10 year old kid in skinny jeans at camp trying to impress girls by not even talking to them. But let’s not dwell in the awkward stages that i have most memory of that I’m sure most of you would not like to hear about. Instead, let me reminisce to the days of ninjas, legends, heroes, and camp folklore. Now before I continue, let me say that the camp folklore i speak of may very well be nothing to some of you older readers; that is if there are any readers.
WHO KNOWS WHAT AGE. Starting from the years when we adventurously stopped clinging to our parent’s pant leg, I experienced the many wonders of Camp Sunrise. From a child’s point of view, the beach might have been much more of an opportunity to build an entire pirate ship out of drift wood, a fenced in forested area (no more than a 10 minute walk through) was a deep forest of wonder and legends that no one had seen the other side of, and a community of carpeted, 20ft travel trailers parked around a field was more than a community of friends and family. It was my one true home. Now you must understand, in the Kingdom of Sunrise, there lies a very distinct border. A border that separates the innocence of our childhood, and the continuation of discovering what we all know and love. Yes. If you know what i’m talking about (there should not be too many). I’m talking about upper camp and lower camp. The upper camp was the government. The lower camp was the people. Represented by anywhere else in Canada, upper camp WAS Camp Sunrise. For lower camp was merely sewn together by a family of people known not by your friends back home and at school. Lower camp was where we once planned recons and stealth missions to infiltrate the upper camp borders. Upper camp Is where we long to be those same adventurous kids once again.
Now I know this whole take on camp might be a little crazy and odd, but you must try and understand that feelings within me are compelling me to try and project a sense of nostalgia we all might be able to connect to.