The Smith girls go to camp….CRYING!

June 7, 2010 2 Comments »



Now, there there little ones… You know good and well mommy wouldn’t leave you deep in the woods in a cabin that looks like Jason used to live here…OR would she?
YOU BETCHA!
But as I was driving deep into the woods in Mableton Georgia, I was actually RETHINKING if I had made a good decision sending my girls to camp for the first time. But of course, it’s just a mommy’s jitters.

With the respected name GIRL SCOUTS, I do feel relieved because it is an organization built on having a good reputation of training up young boys and girls to be service-minded, virtuous, and caring human beings. But that still didn’t comfort me as I was checking them in and dropping them off–IN THE WOODS! Here are the girls walking into the facility with a camp counselor.

And then, BAM! Kaitlin starts boo-hooing like nobody’s business. Mikaela on the other hand, never cries. Just look at how happy she was!

Those who know my girls know that even though Kaitlin is older, Mikaela is the one who leads the pack. They did not allow parents to come in and case the joint. We did a drive-by check in and then there was a stopping point to drop the kids off. Of course as a parent I wanted to go in, check everything out and be as nosey as a bee. But it’s best to keep parents at bay. Trust me, if anybody knows I know. As a teacher, I know how hard the first day of school is for parents. They hang around TOO long and they don’t let their kids go easily. I always just wanted them to drop the kid off, leave and let me do my job! So I can understand what the Girl Scouts are doing.
Not only that, but I feel like my kids are really protected because I know that a predator can’t get to them or any other kid in there. I love that safety factor. Even more, I am so happy my girls are getting this experience. They’ll be able to engage in a variety of activities like swimming, cooking, sewing, horse-back riding, arts and crafts, canoeing, drama, games and so much more.
Growing up in West Philly, all I ever did as a kid was run up and down the street during the summer. So it fills my heart with joy to know that my daughters are exposed to much more than I ever was.
But the REAL TEST for me will be this WEDNESDAY when my girls will spend ONE NIGHT at camp!! I never let me kids sleep over at anyone’s house (people are crazy, ya know) So this will be good practice for them and me! It should be quite an experience to sleepover at camp. We’ll see… I’ll let you know Wednesday if my nerves are holding up! No worries Kaitlin, I think I’ll probably be CRYING with you!

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2 Comments

  1. Maryanne June 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm -

    Your girls are beautiful! Mommy jitters are the worst. It's tonight they're going to be staying overnight, right? Good luck to the three of you and KUP! :)

  2. Talking with Tami June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am -

    My daughter has been going to Riverview Summer Camp for 3yrs and opted out this year for some reason. I thought she should have gone but she didnt want to sigh!