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July 28, 2013

Question Time: Summer camp stories

Did you attend summer camp as a child?

[Editor’s note: To participate in future queries, keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.]

The summer weather has us pining for the simpler days of childhood. For some, that means one thing: summer camp. So, this week we asked: “Did you attend summer camp as a child? If so, which one and what’s your favorite memory? If not, why not and do you wish you had?”

Your answers

“I remember going to church camp at Camp Shakamak! One year ... we did pranks all week ... we put red Kool-Aid in the shower heads, limberger cheese on someone’s hair dryer, Saran Wrap on the toilet seats! The best memory were the lives that were changed and the lifetime frienships that were made. Another fond memory was being crowned Miss Shakamak. I remember part of my prizes were batteries ... so I could always keep going!” — Kathy Graham

“I went to Geneva Center, north of Rochester. My favorite memory is the morning we took a nature walk on our way to breakfast, and found strawberries growing in the woods. We picked as many as we could carry, and had them with our breakfast that morning. It was always neat to see deer there, too. We didn’t see them often, because we were pretty loud.” — Danielle Gates Rush

“No. I wish I had because the kids that did LOVED it!” — Deb Wyrick Reyburn

Our answers

“Believe or not, I attended a Baptist church camp as a youngster. I know it’s hard to believe. I learned how to shoot a bow and arrow, how to canoe and, of course, I was saved.” — Mike Fletcher

“I attended a summer camp on Long Island which was through the newspaper Newsday for their carriers based on the number of new subscriptions. I remember being able to canoe on a lake, playing lots of softball and cook-outs. The other camp I attended was not exactly a summer camp. It was basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga. in 1968. It wasn’t as much fun!” — Ken de la Bastide

“As I’ve mentioned before, I spent five summers as a counselor and nearly as many as a camper at Waycross Camp in Brown County. I couldn’t possibly pick just one moment from that entire stretch. I will say that the friendships forged there have lasted longer than almost any other. Any time I run into a Waycross person, no matter how long it’s been, it’s like no time has passed.” — Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at rob.burgess@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/robaburg.

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