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attended one of the greatest summer camps ever. Every year, my parents make the seven-hour-long journey to Bath, Ohio, just so that we can visit the sweet and memorable campus of one of my favorite places. This is why Camp Christopher in Bath, Ohio, is really an excellent home away from home for me. I first learned of Camp Christopher when I attended Our Lady of the Elms, a Catholic all-girls’ school in Akron, OH, and was promptly sent there the summer after hearing about it. I still remember the first day I drove up to its welcoming gates. We got my paperwork filled out, got me checked for lice, and went through possible medical needs before I got a good look at camp. To say I was nervous would be the understatement of the century. Every camper is sorted by age and gender to a certain cabin. Most of the cabins are named after important people, such as Hernando De Soto and Juan Ponce de León, and I was put into cabin EAST, the youngest cabin of the week. EAST stood for Elizabeth Ann Seton Townhouse, and I was soon mingling with my other cabin mates. My parents left me then, and I shared a tearful goodbye. I LOVED my first year at camp, and ever since then I have continued going. Recently, I completed my seventh year of attending camp, and am eager to begin my eighth and final year next summer. Unfortunately for me, the oldest age to be a camper is sixteen. However, I can begin training to be a counselor the very next year, which would be absolutely wonderful. As I mentioned before, I heard about camp while I was attending a Catholic school. It would be wise to assume that this camp, named after a saint, would also be Catholic. Camp Christopher is indeed a Catholic camp, but the religious aspect hardly interferes with the fun of camp. All the remotely religious activities that we do is a short prayer service

or a mass every morning before first period. The rest of the day, all you have to worry about is praying before and after meals, but even then, the prayers are hardly prayers themselves. For example, one of the prayers, the “dinosaur prayer” goes like this; “BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! ROAR! YUM YUM! Amen.” Most of

the week is solely devoted to fun and competition. That’s why being non-Catholic, like I am, really didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of camp. At camp, there are many activities that we can participate in. Some of the activities include the high ropes and zipline, fishing, swimming (which is every day), crafts, stables, low

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Roanoke Valley Family August 2019  

Volume 7, Issue 12

Roanoke Valley Family August 2019  

Volume 7, Issue 12

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