Hi everyone, it’s Sully! You may know me from Tim Horton Memorial Camp, where I have spent the past 3 summers working as a counsellor. I’ve been missing camp a lot lately and am always looking forward to when we can all get back! In the meantime, I thought I’d post this message looking at some of my favourite memories I’ve had at camp and what camp means to me.
My adventure with Tim Hortons camps actually started before I was even a counsellor. In high school, I spent a lot of my time volunteering at a community centre which was invited up to THMC a couple times for weekend visits. Through these few short visits, I knew that camp was something I wanted to do as soon as I was old enough!
One of my favourite memories of camp comes from my very first session. Normally session 1 sees less campers so co-pairing become tripods (or 3 counsellors). Somehow, I found myself riding solo with a cabin of 8 boys for a couple days, including my very first overnight! Although I was pretty nervous being alone within the first couple days of my camp career, I embraced it and had a blast with cabin 6. Those couple of days with just me and cabin 6 reassured me that camp was where I wanted to be and set up for one of the best summers of my life.
Camp has gifted me with many opportunities to see some places and do some things that I’d never imagine of seeing or doing. As you all should realize, it is the camp staff who are tasked with making sure campers make it to camp. One of the coolest places I’ve gotten to go to pick up campers is Vancouver, BC. Being from Ontario, I’d seen so many pictures of British Columbia but never thought I’d get the chance to see it in person since it was on the other side of the country! When camp told us that we were going to have West Coast campers, I jumped on the chance to go and see British Columbia. Although it was only 3 days, those 3 days are something I will never forget.
If someone told me 4 years ago that I would spend 30 days of a summer sleeping in a tent, I would have thought that they were crazy! But this came to reality last summer when I became a wilderness counsellor for Strive and Quest cabins. Summer 2019 was a summer that made me come out of my comfort zone and taught me a lot about myself. From the days spent canoeing through Massasauga, Algonquin and Killarney, not only did I see some of the most breathtaking scenery that Canada has to offer, but I saw the power of myself and was able to translate it into helping campers see their potential. Last summer was one to remember and trip showed me that I am capable of anything I put my mind to.
Camp means more than words can describe. It is a place that lets me spend 3 months of the year being my true self and embracing the silliness that camp brings out of people. From the people I have worked with to the campers that I have counselled, each and every person makes up a camp family that I will never forget about. Camp is no longer a place for me, it is a phenomena that I am forever grateful I got to experience.
The past 3 summers haven been summers that I will never forget for the rest of my life and hope that I get to have many more of these summers with more awesome campers! To you all, I say to look back at all you have accomplished from your time at camp and look forward to the bond and adventures that camp continues to give all of us. I am proud of every single camper for taking the risk of coming to camp and for pushing themselves to embrace camp culture. While this summer we can’t all be at camp physically, I look forward to creating that same camp culture that we all love in an online format.
Keep being yourself and remember to always be GR8!
See you around,