In the summer of 2010, I got on a plane and flew halfway around the world to the small town of Carnation, Washington. Why? To spend 10 weeks working as a camp counsellor at a Girl Scout camp called Camp River Ranch.
If you’ve ever been to girl scout camp, you’ll know that counsellors go by ‘camp names’, and I was asked to choose my camp name as soon as I arrived. I chose Dallas.
The summer I spent at Camp River Ranch was the best three months of my life. I cannot imagine another experience topping it. I spent 10 weeks making friends, exploring, playing with kids, singing camp songs, sitting around camp fires, jumping into the lake, playing pranks, eating thin mints and samoas and generally having the time of my life! I would give anything to go back to that magical summer and relive it all again…
Looking back through pictures from camp, and my camp ‘box’ (full of little letters and notes, inside jokes and small souvenirs) makes me feel very nostalgic, and sad that that summer is forever in the past – but I am so thankful I had the experience and made such amazing friends.
Camp, and Washington forever hold a very special place in my heart.