Friday, May 02, 2008

Of Kids' Summer Camps


Not so long ago, I looked up to summer with much anticipation. You know the feeling when school’s out, and you don’t have to wake up early everyday. But there is a particular week that I really looked forward to: It is the Kids’ Summer Camps.

It is the time of the year for kids to troop to our campsite in the hills. I grew up with these kinds of camps organized by our church denomination. During schooldays, I make it a point to drop a peso a day at my piggybank just to save for this event. The savings may not be enough, but add to the points I earned at Sunday School, my camp fee is secure.

I was eight years old when I first joined a kids’ camp. I was quite a shy kid. But since my dad is quite popular among the camp counselors and organizers, I always get their attention, despite my efforts of ducking low. In groupings, I don’t volunteer to lead because there are other older kids around. But I always got picked whenever there were Bible quizzes and Bible Drills around. It’s almost automatic that I got to be the group’s representative. In my 3 years of attending kids’ camps, I got so many awards to boast of. And I can always narrate to kids at church nowadays about the excitement and the fun of these summer camps.

I really miss those summer camps. It’s the time of the year when I get to learn many things and meet new friends. I can just recall those lovely days, and how behave we were in the few months that follow.

7 comments:

Panaderos said...

I'm cool with summer camps for one really learns a lot from the activities there. It makes for very productive use of one's time. I wish my parents sent me to one when I was a kid. I see a lot of value in those summer activities.

Lawstude said...

I never attended summer camps but i was an active boy scout during my elementary and early high school days and i remember camping with my classmates every summer. such memorable days.

freeze said...

That could have been lots of fun! :D i didn't get to do summer camps, just summer class in arts, dance or music! how boring... hehe

Lazarus said...

panaderos, summer camp is really refreshing. at marami ding nagkatuloyan dahil sa mga youth camps.

lawstude, once lang ako naka join ng boy scout camp. but i don't like it.

freeze, summer camps is more exciting. i can't imagine summer classes.

zherwin said...

when i was still a student, camping is not limited to summer, whenever there's a boy scout jamboree, expect me to be one of the participants. and you are correct, in camping you get to learn a lot of things and that early, i learned how to be independent. :)

Annamanila said...

Summer evokes summery youthful memories, ano? I am not surprised you win awards at camp and in the classroom too.

Toe said...

Hindi pa yata uso summer camps when I was young. But them seem like so much fun (from what I see in movies). :)

Oh really nice... expert ka pala sa Bible. :)