One of the things that most, if not all, applicants are told while they are in the application process by their interviewer or the person referring them to their camp is that you will meet people at camp that will become lifelong friends.
When I was told this, I had a very hard time believing that fact – well it is totally true.
Without disclosing my age – ok, I am over 60 and attended Camp Samoset 2 in Maine for the first time in 1973 – Samoset was located on Pleasant Lake in Casco, ME. It was truly a life changing experience to the extent that I returned every summer for 15 years – the summer of 1987 was sadly my last. Camp changed ownership in 1988 and truthfully camp was never the same. Samoset closed it’s doors in 2009 and is now essentially a horse farm.
My 50th birthday party was in New York City and of the 100 people in attendance 60 of the guests were from camp and yes, the theme of the evening was mostly about camp. The original Director of Samoset turned 80 last June and 65 people associated with camp attended his party – not bad for a Director who retired from camping in 1988 – 29 years ago.
Age is relative I have been told, and there is no doubt that the Camping industry keeps you young.
3 of IENA’s owners met at the same summer camp and still speak to each other!!!!
Prepare yourselves for the Summer of your life and hopefully a lifetime!