We have a guest blog post tonight.
When a parent sends their child to camp for the Summer, they always have some concerns. I was a camper and staff at Green Lane for 10 years, I have one seasoned camper and one who is there for the first time so I get it! Most worries usually dissipate within the first week or so and then you start to relax and enjoy seeing your child in pictures and videos. Then, the phone rings and it’s camp and your heart is in your throat. My 14 year old son, Ben, dislocated his knee during an activity and they were taking him to the ER. I felt so helpless and scared because there was nothing I could do for him except sit and wait (and if you know me, you know I don’t do well with this advice)
No matter how old your kids are, they still want their parents when they’re sick or hurt. I had to put all my trust in the camp staff to act on my behalf and they came through. They kept in contact with me all day, FaceTimed me with each doctor or nurse visit and kept me calm and informed the whole day. He required additional x-rays and had the option to come home for a couple of days or to be picked up at camp the day of the appointment and he chose to go back to camp. My Ipad addict, Netflix binge watcher, lover of air-conditioning, hot showers and good food, wanted to go back to camp with a bruised, swollen knee in a giant brace. He chose camp food over a sushi dinner. He chose his friends, his brothers, over his parents and nothing could have made me happier. I would have made the same choice.
He’s now moving around much better and able to participate in most bunk activities. He’s going to have a semi-altered summer and he doesn’t care because he’s at camp…he is home ❤️
Yours in camping,