Staff member, Devin Hall, works at the EMU newspaper and wrote this article about camp. We thought it was worth sharing!
It’s just something about cheesy songs, warm campfires, cool star-filled nights that brings out the best in me. I am a summer camp counselor. For the past 8 summers, I have had the enormous privilege of making a difference in a child’s life. Whether it comes from singing silly songs like the Princess Pat or telling ridiculous stories about old women in supermarkets, I have made a difference. Camp is a very special place. It is a place where you can be who you really are. You don’t have to worry about how you look or how you dress; you don’t have to wear a mask at camp. People get to know you for you. Not the cool you, the school you, the depressed you, the you that you are. Because of camp, I have been changed for the better. I have truly become a better person because of camp. Camp has opened so many doors to someone like me, a southern small town resident where the only diversity you could find was perhaps at the local Mexican restaurant. I was introduced to a world far greater than I could have ever imaged. My first year at camp broke me out of my shell and I have never returned. I met people from all walks of life and from around the world. It opened my eyes for the very first time. After that first summer at camp I felt alive; like there was more to the world than just my small town; there was a world of adventure. Camp changed me as a person, made me more confident in my life and developed my self-esteem. Camp made me feel valued and irreplaceable. Some of my best friendships were made at camp. It’s just something about living with people every day for about 3 months in what I call the “camp bubble” that bonds you tighter than any other friendship I have ever known. You see people in a different light at camp. I would say that camp is a magical place. Camp is a safe place where an individual can grow and develop without fear. I always get emotional when I talk about camp, in fact I am fighting back the tears as I type. I couldn’t imagine my life without my camp experience. It has made me who I am today. I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have been a camp counselor. Anytime I travel, I have a place to stay because I have friends all over the world. Because of camp, I have friends on every continent except for Antarctica. Because of camp, I am who I am.
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On Facebook, we asked people to send us their recipes for creative s’mores and got some great ideas! Here are a few of our favorites:
Replace the chocolate bar with a Reese’s peanut butter cup.
(Idea from Alice Latham)
Inside Out S’more:
Basically, stuff a jumbo marshmellow with chocolate chips and other ingredients, then roast the marhmellow.
Detailed instructions are on the blog Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM.
(Idea from Jessi Gower)
Adding strawberry and banana slices to a classic s’more.
For the full recipe, visit Kraft Foods.
(Idea from Emily Zuczka Middleton)
Forget the Graham S’more:
Instead of using graham crackers, just smush the marshmellow between two pieces of chocolate.
(Idea from Megan Finnerty)
A Few Other Fun S’more Ideas:
- use a Peep for the marshmellow
- use a cadbury
- add popcorn
- use cinnamon graham crackers
- put chocolate on top of the marshmellow as its cooked, to melt the chocolate more
Tigger is a black Welsh Pony Cross gelding. He was born in 1986 and came to camp in 2008. Since Tigger has been at camp, he has taught many people to ride. Standing at 11 hands tall, he is just a few inches bigger than Snowflake.
Below is our fourth podcast, which talks about safety at Camp Horizons and touches on the topic of medications.
Thanks for listening! Tune in next week for another podcast, and let us know if you have anything you would like to hear on a podcast!
Snowflake is our smallest pony. A pony stands 10 to 14.2 hands and weighs 300 to 850 pounds, while a horse stands 14.2 to 17 hands and weighs 800 to 1,300 pounds. Snowflake is a Welsh pony cross Shetland pony. Shetland ponies are hardy and strong, in part because the breed developed in the harsh conditions of the Shetland Isles. In appearance, Shetlands have a small head, widely-spaced eyes and small and alert ears. Snowflake is so friendly and likes lots of attention. She was born in 2001 and came to camp in 2008.
Hello! Click below to listen to our third podcast that touches on the topic of campers missing home while they are here at Camp Horizons.
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Thanks for listening! Keep an eye out for the upcoming podcast that will be posted next week, and let us know if you have any feedback!
Hank jumping during equestrain camp with Katherine
Hank-A-Roni, or Hank, came to camp in 2011. He is a Bay Thoroughbred and stands about 16.2 hands. Hank has done a little racing and was a riding school horse before coming to camp. He enjoys trotting around the ring and jumping over poles as much as hitting the wooded trails. Hank has a very funny canter rhythm and rocks you side to side rather than front to back and shakes his head when he gets excited. Hank’s best friend is Dandy.