We all know camp is great! But “camp people” say that “non-camp people” just don’t understand what’s so great about it. What’s so great about spending summers living in a bubble of theme weeks, hot dog eating contests, and capture the flag? Why are others are so overcome with passion when thinking, talking or reminiscing about camp?
At Camp Chief Ouray, we put together our own explanation for camp and non-camp people alike. The question “What does camp mean to you?” generated enthusiastic responses from staff, campers, and alumni and we are proud to share those stories with you.
Here are a few of our favorites quotes:
“A place to discover and re-discover oneself. Magic personified.” -Charles Baggs
“A place to let go and start making new fun memories and new friendship.” -Joyce Ngereso
“Not taking a shower for two weeks” -Emma Dahl (Youth Leadership Board Member/Camper)
“Sleeping under the stars.” – Nina Kuhl
“Everything and a bottle of Cholula!” – Shelby Hedrick
“There is something amazing about a place where the focus is always on an individual’s well being. Summer camp is incredible.” -Dan Weir (Director of Frost Valley YMCA Camp)
“Seeing moose after a crazy night on camp out night with the full moon.” -Noah Lee (Camper)
“Camp means not sleeping the night before because I’m too excited!” – Brian (Camper)
“A feeling of accomplishment.” -Aron Kocsardi (Camper)
“Lots of lifelong friendships with people I went to camp with and worked with as well, but the most special was cultivating my friendship with God.” – KB (Former Counselor)
“Summer camp is being who you are completely. It means being accepted into a loving family where your “flaws” become your strengths. Summer camp is this amazing, finite period of time when you can change a person’s life forever. Summer camp is a haven for the misunderstood, the shy, and the bullied. It is a place where you can come exactly how you are and be loved. Summer camp is bliss and a time to figure out your true passions. Summer camp is perfection.” -Lauren Burton (Former Counselor)