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Friday, July 22, 2011

Dylan goes to camp

The brochure was sent home from school in February. Dylan stared at it everyday, longing to be among the kids jumping on water trampolines, holding a bow and arrow, sliding down water slides and roasting marshmallows. Those marketing people knew what they were doing!! Dylan was hooked, he just had to go to summer camp. He even pledged to save his own money in order to go.

As summer approached, he still hadn't forgotten about this camp. So we took him to check it out. Mid-way into the tour, I knew it was the perfect fit. It was a legit summer camp, complete with bug juice and campfire singalongs. All the outdoor activities seemed right up his alley and the best part was he got to plan his own day each morning. The afternoon was spent swimming, boating and playing in the lake. We signed him up for one week on the spot.

The last day of school marked the countdown to camp. And Monday the big day arrived. We dropped an eager Dylan off at camp to choose his activities and waved goodbye for the day. At pick he was quick to spill all the details of his day, excited for what the next one would hold. By bedtime he was clearly exhausted but his days adevntures were worth the nighttime struggles.

His week long jaunt at summer camp wraps up with an overnight. The prospect of sleeping under the stars and making smores had sealed the deal for Dylan. So yesterday I dropped him off with sleeping bag and pillow in hand. I bravely gave him a quick hug and watched him walk away, knowing I would not see him again for 36 hours!!!

It was refreshing to see this confident, outgoing kid. What a far cry from the 3 year old who cried for months at pre-school drop-off. He immediately throws himself into the crowd, ready to meet new people and try new things. He never looked back!

This experience has been amazing for him. I'm very anxious to pick him up and hear all about the campout!! There is no doubt in my mind that he loved every second. Luckily, for my sake, he can't do sleepover camp until he is 7 but I have a feeling he might be going for 2 weeks next summer!!!

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