This summer, I went to camp! I received a letter in the mail about Camp Doll Diaries, an away camp featuring everything from crafting to acting to sports. My sister Juliette busy with summer ballet intensives, Maman agreed to let me do something fun, too. Since I'd never gone to an away camp before, I was awfully nervous! I quickly submitted my camper registration forms and waited on pins and needles for my camper identification badge to arrive . . .
. . . after what seemed like forever, it was time to pack for camp! I made sure to pack all of the essentials: shirts, shorts, socks, hiking shoes, and lots of clean underwear! Maman even surprised me with a special camp tee to wear on the first day. By the time I'd gotten back to the States (the camp bus was picking me up from school!), my nerves had subsided. I was more excited than anything!
Although my best friends Nathalie and Chiara had other plans, I soon discovered that some of my other Fair Hollow classmates had signed up for Camp Doll Diaries, too. I recognized Chiara's good friend Jessa right away, and we spent a lot of time together during the camp's duration. It turned out that Jessa and I were assigned to the same cabin, The Purple Butterflies, and that we shared an affinity for hiking . . .
. . . which is what we spent most of our time doing. Although we certainly dabbled in other activities, the camp's location was so picturesque that Jessa and I agreed to spend most of our time exploring the wilderness. When the weather was cooperative, Jessa snapped photos of me on our hiking excursions. I wanted to be able to share the beauty with my family back home, but of course!
We'd spend much of our time hiking by the river on those hot and sticky days. There were always little footbridges to cross, waterfalls to admire, and plenty of plant life to study. Wading in the river became one of our favorite summer pastimes. We'd perch on the rocks and submerge our tired, aching feet into the cool water for hours on end!
I should mention that we never went anywhere far without our trusty camp counselor, Lisa, nor without our hiking gear safely stowed away in our backpacks. We were obedient campers, I promise!
All in all, I was really pleased with my away camp experience. It was really enjoyable just getting to "disconnect" from the internet world for awhile. Sometimes you just need the break, you know?
Did you go to camp this summer? What was it like?