Ruby's Corner

Sleepaway Camp Survival

So I’m into my second week at sleepaway camp and it’s my first time being away from home for this long  and here is what I’ve figured out so far:

1. Bring toilet paper. Seriously.

2. Don’t be surprised if a 7-year-old boy pretending to be a 10 year-old asks you to the dance. Yep. Happened. TO ME.

3. Make sure everyone you know has your camp mailing address. And make sure you have enough stamps to reply to everyone who sends you mail.

4. Bring things to do, like magazines and book lights to read with. You definitely get some downtime and there’s always a long wait to get online or to call home  so you gotta find something else to occupy your brain.

5. WARNING: You will meet odd people. And there’s no escape from them.

6. Even though you’re always around people, you can still feel lonely.

7. Your other life? The one where you can text with your friends and be online for as long as you want? Forget about it. Cell phones are not allowed. You can’t go online whenever you want. And when you do want to be online, you’re on a time limit. Meh.

8. If your camp is co-ed… HERE COMES THE DRAMA!

9. Bring water guns! So when people piss you off,  you can SPRAY THEM!! Yeppdidoda!

10. Try everything at least once.

That’s it for now. Did you go to sleepaway camp? What was it like? Let me know!

  • Noémie Faivre

    What !!! Cell phones are forbidden ? Définirent not for me. Lol.

  • Valerie J. Green

    Have fun Ruby. It’s preparation for sleepaway college but there you can use your cell phone and a computer is a necessity!

  • Elizabeth Siegel

    I loved going to overnight camp at the time, but looking back, I’m not exactly sure what I loved so much about it because you’re right, there is SO MUCH DRAMA. Way more drama than I needed when I was 11.

  • Samantha Ritchie

    Sleepaway camp was always the highlight of my summer. I can’t wait to go back and be a counselor. I think my favorite part of sleepaway camp was that everyone knew they were only going to be with each other for two weeks or so you get to know people so well so quickly. I dont know if that makes since to you, this being your first time and all, but the friends you make at sleepaway camp you have a different bond with from those at home. Try everything once is the best advice!

  • Mandy McDonald

    I never went as a camper but always wanted to. I was a counselor at one in Texas for three years. It was so much fun! Meeting new kids every week and seeing the ones who come every year and remember you is great!

    Make lots of memories and take a lot of pictures!

  • Anonymous

    I wish I had gone to sleepaway camp! You’re lucky!

  • Jonahliza Eliger

    i just watched little darlings the other day. cute camp movie. hehe

  • Anna Fox

    I’ve been going to a Jewish sleepaway camp fro 5 years now. It’s honestly the greatest thing I’ve ever done. My particular unit lives in tents and goes on two 5-day trips, your choice of hiking, biking, canoeing, or rock climbing. I love it to death, and I know that one day I’ll be a counselor. There’s no phones, no internet, and no ipods, but I’d rather have my camp friends than technology.

  • Gloria Jackson

    Hi Ruby, I wish I’d gone on camps when I was at school but such a long time ago in the olden days that didn’t happen. What fun, fun, fun. I have sent you a birthday parcel and it should arrive very soon. I hope you enjoy the goodies inside and the fun packaging. Please respond to my message so I know you have received it.

  • Amanda Jundt

    just have to say, I LOVE this! Ruby–awesome article–keep writing! :-)

  • Elise Newman

    I went to sleep away camp for 1 year and I wish I went longer. Hardest part for me was having to keep an eye on my younger sister who was VERY homesick. She got over it and went back to another camp the following year. Not sure why I didn’t.
    The best advice you gave is to TRY EVERYTHING! Can’t wait to hear all when you get home.

  • Emily Wagman

    I was a camper back in the day, and the past 3 summers I’ve been a camp counselor and I have to say that everything seems way better on the counselor side of things! You don’t have 7 year olds asking you to the dance, for instance. Nothing wrong with meeting odd people though! That was the best part of camp!

  • Mikaela Foster

    I totally agree. Like, with everything. The toilet paper thing? SO TRUE.

  • Megan Younce

    I went to camp in 6th grade and I LOVED it!!

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