Took the kids from church up to Dry Gulch U.S.A. for summer camp this weekend. It was a total blast! I’ve always wanted to attend this camp, but I’ve never worked at a church willing to pay the upfront money to make a camp like this feasible. (And have the kids with parents willing to spend $200+ for the weekend camp.) Usually at kid’s camp I’m exhausted and ready to come home when it’s over; but Dry Gulch is different. I wasn’t ready to leave, and neither were my kids. I spent an entire weekend simply playing with kids, tubing, riding the canoe, riding go carts, shooting them with water guns, riding horses, playing on water slides and eating breakfast, lunch and dinner with them. This particular camp puts the burden for keeping the kids in order, on the hired counselors. Thereby, allowing me to play and just spend time with the kids. They also do a lot to make us CP’s feel important, and provided some special perks throughout the weekend.
Although it was wonderful to be with the kids, we did have our exciting times. On the way to camp, we had a kid get locked in the bathroom. We had to pull over and pull the window off the bus to let him escape. We also had a kid with lice, that required an overnight stay at a hotel with one of our sponsors doing treatment. The girl passed the next morning and was back with the kids, but not without some hand wringing. We also had the prerequisite travel sickness kid on the bus, however he waited until we were 5 minutes from home to lose his lunch. Fun Times!
I’m looking forward to next year, and am already planning our return.