Summer Camp

For the first time ever, Daughter started summer camp yesterday. It’s just day camp and only for this week and next. It’s a sports camp with swimming included daily. We thought it would be fun – of course we did, why else would we send her? She loves sports and she loves swimming. What better way to spend a couple of weeks than doing what you love with like-minded people? Fun, right?

Apparently not. Or so she said.

Sadly, as this is our first experience with summer camp, we didn’t realize that “3rd session” meant kids had already been attending for the two sessions prior, it’s a continuation, not a 3rd of 4 option. <sigh>

And so, friendships have already been formed and Daughter was the odd one out. Not only that, but the ‘sports’ group she’s in includes four children only and only one of them… that being Daughter… is a girl. 🙁

About three hours into her day, I received a phone call from the University where this is held. It was the nurse. Yes. The nurse. Daughter was hit in the face by a soccer ball. Oh… and a football. She’s fine though…

She was fine – just a black eye. <sniff>

Getting her up this morning to go there again was no easy feat. I hope as the days progress she’ll find a way to enjoy it. This was supposed to be a fun time. Not a punishment or taste of torture.

7 Responses to Summer Camp

  • As someone who’s worked in all-male environments myself (TV in the ’70s), I have a feeling she’s in for a bit of hazing. But, if she loves sports and has something to contribute to the teams (even if it’s “just” a sense of humor), those skills will be noted and things should level out.

  • Oh I’m so sorry to hear things did not go well. I hope they will improve over the next day or two and the rest of the camp time is a stunning success. It sounds like it SHOULD be a lot of fun.


  • Oh, ouch, getting hit in the head is no fun. Are you sure she doesn’t have a slight concussion?

    As someone who hates sports, I’m sitting here shuddering. Hope things start to improve for her.

    I’ll be out of town all week, but will check back next week. Glad you all had a great vacation in So. Carolina.


  • Debbie, your daughter had a rough start at summer camp with a black eye. It’s a shame that she joined up when most of the kids were already acquainted. I hope she meets a really nice kid today. Don’t we suffer as parents? We try so hard to open up new opportunities for our children. I admire Daughter for going back. What a brave girl she is!

  • Debbie,was Daughter’s second day any better? Hope so!

  • Kathleen,

    I’d say the second day was better than the first, but not exactly thrilling. Maybe sending her there right after our vacation wasn’t the smartest thing to do. I just thought she’d enjoy the daily activities – especially since we’d been on the go each day while away. Ah, well. Now we know day camp is not for her… she’s not hating it, but she’s not loving it either.


  • Daughter is a trooper. It’s wonderful that she’s willing to stick it out. I know you’re an encouraging mom. The Brunswick stew looks very good.

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