Some Camp Stories Are Just a Wee Bit Better Than Others…

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Here is a wonderful story for a young man from Camp Baco and his camp family.  Check out the short video toward the bottom of the linked page…

https://www.northwell.edu/about/news/press-releases/panic-attacks-undiagnosed-brain-tumor

Camp Couples

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Not all camp couples last longer than a few days or a few weeks.  But some go on much, much longer.  Here’s a nice article about a few couples that have gone on and on.   http://nypost.com/2016/08/04/proof-youll-find-the-one-at-summer-camp/

If you are a long running camp couple, or if you just have a great photo or story to share, we are here to document and share.  Summer love is now in the museum.

 

Look what just arrived…

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We have a little product that everyone will love!  For parents, campers, grandparents, and friends.  Some saw the prototype last summer.  Now the real thing has arrived for everyone.  And it is terrific!  Send your voice in a letter.  And get your camper’s voice back.  Visit the TMOC store here:  http://themuseumofcamp.com/shop/

 

FIRST Firsts

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There are a lot of FIRST Firsts that happen at camp. First day of camp, first kiss, first friend, and more. We will be exploring and sharing these people and moments at The Museum Of Camp. You can add yourselves, your friends, and your thoughts here at The Museum. It’s a great way to document and seal the memories of our lives.

You are now the subject of your own museum.

 

When You Look At The Photos, What Do You See?

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It’s late June and if you have kids going to camp, you have probably packed and shipped them off by now. With any luck, you are already on-line looking at the camp photos dissecting your child’s happiness. But how about you? When you look at this summer’s camp photos, what do you see? Beth saw Isaac wearing the specially packed Fourth of July shirt on the first full day of camp. That shirt will never be clean in time to wear again on the Fourth, as intended. She even thinks the teenage British counselors should have told him not to wear the shirt, yet. Really, Beth? This is what you see? I just figured if he really wanted to wear the shirt again on Fourth of July he would take it out of his laundry bag. And I’m kind of all right with that.

Let us know what you see or experience as you watch the kids from a well deserved distance.

The Isaac Games

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We celebrated Isaac’s birthday a little early and the theme was camp Color War.  We called it The Isaac Games.  We had two teams that competed in sports, apache relay, plaque, and sing.  Who was the winner?  Everyone was the winner!

Artwork and Canteen by Mom.  Head Judge was older brother Noah.  Thanks to all the campers and parents.

Search

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What’s the best thing about the internet?  Search buttons.  Use our search button in the upper right hand corner of your screen and search by camp, friend, or just about anything.  But camp or friend is best.

May 2015

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As May 2015 ends, The Museum Of Camp is proud to be represented by members of 14 different camps in less than a month of activity.  Thank you to everyone for starting us out right and we are ready for your friends and families join us.  We look forward to June when the kids are off again to camp and parents can get together with old friends.  Let us know what’s happening as you get ready for summer!

 

The Museum Of Camp

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The name came to me about two years ago, but the idea arrived in a humid rec hall in Camp Kennybrook in July 1977. It was the Summer of Sam and all kinds of chaos I couldn’t quite fathom. Chaos seemed normal back then. And camp life was great and you could see it reach back through the 1970s to the 1960s and even to the 1950s through all the banners and plaques that were on display. Teenagers were legends and had names like Freaky, Fruity, and Wimpy. New legends were born every summer. I was in Bunk One and after we sang a couple of songs, our group plaque was hung in the rec hall with all the other plaques from 3 different decades. I don’t remember what our group called ourselves, but my name along with Lance Jacobs, Jeff Singer, Scotty Dolgoff, Rock Glotzer, and Philip Garine was sloppily handwritten on a 2’x2’ white plaque that I hope still hangs in that rec hall today.

I haven’t spoken to the boys in Bunk One in over 30 years but I remember what we were like at age 8, the few summers we had through the 1980s, and the feeling I had that my name was permanently on a wall of history. I hope to re-connect with them if just for a short bit. And to have everyone re-connect with their early summers and to document the ways that camp life has changed over the years and the things that never change. To see the plaques and banners once again as they were and as they are. To see old friends as they were and as they are. To read old song lyrics that could only have been written in a particular time and place.

How is it that I have met countless people over the years from a variety of backgrounds and camps and we all have the same fundamental experience? And we all clearly distinguish that experience from everything else in our lives? How is it that we leave camp but never let go? And why are the faces and voices and artifacts not collected, preserved, and shared properly? The experience is not as ephemeral as some would describe it. Now we have a proper place to give the experience and memories a home and a structure for everyone. Every camp you enter is its own living museum. I was 8 years old inside a rec hall that would speak to me for the rest of my life. The Museum Of Camp.