Sounds fun right?
Wrong! I vomited, fainted, got mud thrown in my face, and had to sleep in an outdoor hut that stank of urine.
That's right my roommates just peed their beds every night so after a couple of nights it was like sleeping in public restroom.
You had to leave your hut in the dark and walk to the bathroom building and I guess the task was too just daunting for them. I remember a counselor coming by on about the third night and asking “why does it smell so bad in here?”
I promptly ratted them out and got moved to another tent. It was gross in there, I had no loyalty to them.
There were also mean older girls that we would occasionally be forced to interact with “for fun.” They would turn otherwise fun games like tag and foot races into opportunities to mock us and push us around.
Let's not forget the constant mosquitoes and the quaint woodsy touch of a spider nest over my bed.
I do remember one night that could have been fun - they planned a luau and grilled chicken legs (the only thing I remember actually eating at camp beyond cereal.) After dinner, however,, the camp counselors planned a mud fight between the older and younger girls. WTF how was that ever going to end well?
I'm not joking, I contemplated escape. I was going to climb the fence.
BUT when my parents came to pick us up from this hell they had gave us the best present ever!
It was a total and complete surprise to us. This was the original Nintendo, it came in a big black box and it had Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt with the cool gun. It was amazing and my sister and I jumped up and down and cheered!
It was such a great contrast to the misery of summer camp. I loved playing nintendo with my sister, it was something we could do together with minimal sibling fighting. With every princess we saved and goomba we crushed it was clear to me that this was the best present ever and our parents were awesome for surprising us with it.
Also, for the record, my parents have apologized to me many times for sending me to camp, they had no idea it was going to be totally awful.