Thursday, June 6, 2013

Things I Miss About Summer Camp...

For ten years, I spent my summers at Camp Mystic for Girls in Hunt, Texas. While a lot of my camp friends had attended Mystic since they were 8 years old, I started later in life and made up for it throughout college by regularly attending as a counselor. 

With the summer months approaching and Mystic gates about to open, I have been incredibly nostalgic for the way of summer camp life: swimming in the Guadalupe river, campfires, singing in the dining hall, and the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. I made some of my best friends at camp and too many memories to count. I am certifiably envious of everyone that gets to be at Mystic right now, and would drop everything in a heartbeat to walk to Sky High with Campcraft or say a prayer on top of Chapel Hill. I have pretty much made Josh swear in blood that our daughter (when we get around to that) will go to Camp Mystic, and you better believe that on the day she is born I will be calling to put her on the waiting list (yes...there is a waiting list...it is just that incredible). Here are some of the things I miss most about camp:

Friends
I made some of my best friends at Mystic, and our friendship never ended just because the summer was over. We have remained close, and I cherish the times we are together. This picture is from my friend Lauren's wedding. She was my first friend at camp and comforted me when I was homesick my first night away from home. We are showing our tribe hand-signs in this picture...there were definitely a lot more Kiowas at this wedding ;) Lauren was/still is a die-hard Kiowa. 

The Beautiful Hill Country
Everything at Mystic is beautiful. The grounds are green and lush, the river is sparkling, and the air is crisp and clean. The cabins are rustic, and each year I looked forward to getting a new cabin assignment. 

Driving to Camp and Seeing the Mystic Sign for the First Time
On top of Sky High, the tallest point on the camp grounds, is a giant Mystic Sign. You can see it from about half a mile away when you are driving up to the camp gates. Just thinking about it makes me get the same feeling of excitement and anticipation I used to get when I would see it again for the first time! It is a reminder you are almost at the best place on Earth...cheesy but true :)

Camp Food
In movies camp food always looks disgusting. Picture yellow slop with a soggy corn dog. But at Mystic, our food is INCREDIBLE. I mean it! Some of the best food ever, and everyday at lunch we have a different flavor of Blue Bell Ice Cream for dessert. Whenever Birthday Cake Ice Cream is served you can honestly hear the screams of jubilation miles away. Some of my favorite meals/camp foods are: coffee cake, blueberry scones, chicken parmesan, steak night (yes we have steak), bananas foster, chicken Caesar salad, fried chicken, homemade biscuits, yellow cake with chocolate icing...actually this list could go on forever. The food is AMAZING!

Camp Trends
Every year at Camp there are new trends. My first year EVERYONE had a Baby G watch.  I wanted one soooo bad , and for my birthday (in November) I got one. I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to sport it at camp. Of course by the next summer there were probably some new trends. Haha but I didn't care. I had my Baby G. Some other camp trends: bandana necklaces, ducktape bracelets, Nike Tempo Shorts (I remember when there was a full on camp switch from Soffe to Nike), MBTs, and more!

Friendly Competition 
All of the girls at Mystic are split into two different tribes. You are with your same tribe throughout your time as a camper. During the term, there are tons of different ways to earn tribe points which are totaled at the end of the term and one tribe is declared a winner. Points are earned in various forms of competition: softball games, tennis tournaments, swimming exhibitions, art contests, and so much more. Despite all of the competition, it is always conducted with sportsmanship and camaraderie. At the end of every sporting event whether the winner or the loser, a Kiowa girl and a Tonk girl find one another and walk to Chapel Hill together. The prayer of the sportsmen is read and kind words are said by each Tribe. The hard feelings are left on the field. Competition is in all aspects of life, and at Mystic you are taught to be a gracious loser as well as winner. 

This list could honestly go on forever...so I might have to make 100 entries part 2. There are so many things I love about Camp Mystic, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to attend. 



Did you go to Summer Camp?

What are some things you miss about Summer Camp?

***most of the pics from this post are from Mystic website. Link is at the top.***

6 comments:

  1. AWWW!!! :( This is so perfect.

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  2. I miss it so much! And although I'm happy to be home with my new baby boy, there is definitely a part of me that wishes I was driving through those gates today on opening day! Guess I will just have to wait until we have a girl-- I will definitely call and put her on the wait list the day she is born :)

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  3. Oh wow this looks so cool! I wish I did something like that when I was younger!

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  4. Thank you everyone for your comments! Randi, Frances and Katherine I miss you all, and Mary it was AMAZING. One of the best things life experiences! I miss you too :)

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