The ride up to SMA was of course a bit exciting but for the most part nerve wracking. I had questions running through my mind at a speed too fast for my brain to comprehend. Was I going to some crazy camp? Was everyone going to already know each other? Am I going to get homesick? As my mom’s car pulled up, I just remember all heads turning to look at the newbie. As I was wondering about them, I am positive they were doing the same back. I opened the door and was attacked by counselors and names that I knew I would never remember. Walking up to the cabin and unloading, I was a complete wreck, ready to break down into sobs. I thought that for sure I would never like the place. Now, looking back on those thoughts, I know that my impression of SMA has changed drastically. I immediately felt part of the big family of SMA. The weeks following flew by in a whirlwind of activities and friends. I tried so many things that I had believed I would never have the privilege to do. Wakeboarding, real rock climbing, windsurfing, white water rafting… Changing environments so drastically (city suburbs to rural area) and meeting new people definitely changed me as a person. I never thought that I could grow up and have a whole new perspective on life in such a short 3 weeks. I know I will go home with a new outlook on life: to try new things and take risks, to respect and set examples. The people I’ve met here will ever be etched into my brain along with every memory made. I love SMA Summer Camp and it will always be a part of my life.
I can’t explain in words how this place has changed my life. I have a whole new perspective on how to deal with things and how to treat people. Every day has been an adventure and everyone here has helped me through. I feel like now there is a part of everyone in me. I feel blessed that I found this place and I feel bad for everyone who hasn’t shared this experience. I have obviously gotten close with certain people, but I still feel that everyone here has affected me. I want to thank all of the amazing staff that made this summer possible. From Girl Talk in the cabins, to van rides, to dressing up in bunk junk, to planning amazing pranks, to all of the activities (especially Horsemasters!), to warm fuzzies and cold pricklies, to All Camp Days, to crew, to evening meetings, to throwing the shoe, to loving old friends and making new friends, I have had the time of my life. I Love SMA Summer Camp! Thanks for the memories!