Still no word from ds at camp!

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Still no word from ds at camp!
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Mon, 08-11-2003 - 10:33am
I didn't get to post last week that we took Sam to sleep away camp on Monday. This is his first time to overnight camp. It's for 2 weeks, and he doesn't know anyone there. The drop-off went great. No tears, even from me ;-) We met his counselors who are SO nice, and for one, it's his 11th year at the camp (started as a camper, of course). The boys who had already been there 2 weeks (choice of 2- or 4-week session) immed. came up to Sam and said hello and were very friendly. Anyway...

No word from Sam yet! We've mailed at least one card a day (one from dh or me, and Rachel has written a few also). I TOLD Sam to write right away and let us know how he was doing. He has pre-stamped/addressed envelopes, but we know he hates to write. The camp also has a web-site where they put up pictures every few days. On Friday, there was a shot of 6 out of the 9 boys in his bunk doing an art project. Of course, he was at the table not in the picture. Oy!

So, our friends with overnight camp experience told us to call the camp and find out how he was doing. They thought we had great restraint to wait this long. I have to say that I'm not trying to be overly dramatic here. We are not *worried* just really curious how he's doing - is he just tolerating the experience? enjoying it? disliking it? It's so suspenseful to not be able to find out what your child did every day, what did he eat, has he made friends? Since the camp did say we were welcome to call, we did.

You can't actually talk to your child, which I knew, and I didn't want Sam knowing we called anyway. His unit leader (A head counselor that supervises the 5 bunks in his unit) went and talked to Sam and then called me. The leader asked Sam if he was alive;-) And he responded sheepishly that he guesses he should write home. Sam said he did write once 2 days ago. (maybe we'll get it today) The unit leader said Sam is fine and he has seen him participating in everything. Whew! He also said that, of course, he would have called had he been very homesick or not participating.

BTW, Rachel and Sam shared 2 cute long hugs before he left. They pretended they were joking, but clearly weren't. Rachel helped me pick out some candy she knows Sam likes that's appropriate for mailing and sharing with his bunkmates, and she's written him 3 times. She says she likes being the only one at home, but she also clearly misses him.

So... that's my update. I'll let you know if I get a letter. It should be entertaining.

Anyone else had a child go to overnight camp? What was your/their experience?

Janet

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Mon, 08-11-2003 - 11:05am
This is so funny--when I was logging on to this site, I was wondering how Sam was doing and if you had heard from him! I was also wondering how Rachel was handling his absence! I'm glad you were able to talk to the leader. I understand not really being *worried*, but still wanting to know what's going on. It sounds like he got into a great group of kids if they were that friendly at the beginning even. What a great experience for him. I must admit that 2 weeks would be too long for me to let DS go--I'm such a mommy wuss! Of course, he still wouldn't think of going, so I don't have to face the prospect of him leaving me yet, anyway. In some ways, I wish he would just because I know it would be good for him, but it's not something I would push him into (and DH wouldn't want him to go anyway. If DS wanted to, I'd work on DH.). Anyway, I'm glad it's been a good experience, and it'll probably also be good for Sam and Rachel's relationship.

I do remember going to camp and being a bit obnoxious when I came home. I think it can be an emotional let down to be home as much as you are excited to be home as well. That, coupled with the exhaustion, led me to be less than angelic that first day home. But I think I adjusted quickly once I was back.

Thanks for the update!

Janet

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Tue, 08-12-2003 - 10:39am
Well, Rachel received a letter from Sam yesterday. One sentence- I'm having oodles and oodles of fun. Followed by a P.S. that said "Tell mom and dad I'm keeping them in suspence by not telling them anything."

The little stinker!!! I think he's trying to be funny, but it really seems mean. I told him we'd be concerned about how he's doing and to please let us know, and that he didn't have to write a lot. He really does *hate* to write; I know that, but just let us know you're reasonably happy! Arghhh.... He's been going through this faze that he doesn't want to tell me about his day at camp/school, and he's now extended it when he's away from home.

Since the unit leader told him to write home on Sunday, I'm hoping we'll get a letter from him this week so I won't be so annoyed when we pick him up on Sunday.

Just to keep this in perspective, though, Rachel assures me that his short note sounds like he's having a great time. I think if he wanted to complain and was unhappy, he would have written to us.

We did find him in one picture on the web site, a huge group shot of 1/2 the campers seated at the stadium-stage watching something. He happened to be in the front row, and couldn't hide from the camera on this one. We've seen other shots of kids in his group that we met at drop-off, but not him!

Thanks for listening...

Janet

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Tue, 08-12-2003 - 12:45pm
((((Hugs)))),

Sorry about his playing this little "joke". They just don't get it sometimes, do they? If it makes you feel any better, I have no doubt in my mind that Sean would be the exact same way. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get a note from him soon.

Best Always,

Sherrie

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