My Baby Comes Home Today from Summer Camp!

Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty

Today is the day that my 'baby' gets back from camp. Well,he's not quite a baby, but a 15 year old young man.

He has been away at Camp Twin Creeks, in Marlinton, WV for two weeks. Camp
Robbie at campTwin Creeks is a traditional coed Summer Camp.  This is his 5th year; he got a 5 year shirt this session.

Growing up, I always wanted to go to sleep-away camp, but it was never in the cards for my family.  When I had kids of my own, it was a priority for me to offer that experience to them. All three of my kids went to sleep-away camp. The girls went to the all-girls camp, Camp Rimrock Yellow Spring, WV (yes, they did not think it was fair that their brother got to go to a coed camp, but they got over it, eventually). They both enjoyed it, but never went for 5 consecutive years.

Getting their stuffMy son announced before he went this year that it would be his last. His letters home have indicated that he may be re-thinking his position. If he goes next year, he gets to be a Counselor-in-Training.  If he wants to go again, I will make sure he has the opportunity. It is a great, wholesome, old-fashioned way to spend the summer. Our teenagers grow up too fast, and I love that they get to go back in time a bit and be a kid at camp!

So today at 2:00 p.m., I will pick him up at the bus (yes, they take a bus to and from camp at Reston, Virginia's Isaac Newton Square--which just happens to be 5 minutes from my house!).  It will be great to have him home!

I have been watching his two week stint via the camp website where they regularly post photos and videos (as well as the daily schedule and news). As he has gotten older, he has gotten more adept at avoiding the spotlight of the camera, but I have still managed to find pictures of him.
Robbie running

I downloaded all the pictures and did a quick collage in Picassa that will give him a reminder of his time at camp.

I am off to the grocery store to stock up on 15 year old boy supplies and quantities of food.

It will be great to have my 'baby' back!

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Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Wyomissing, PA

Holly, enjoy your day... as sad as it sounds-soon enough you will be watching him go out the door on his own forever~ I've gone through that with both my children; and as proud of them as you can still feel your heart crumbling ENJOY today and every moment!

Jul 16, 2011 03:10 AM #1
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

Sounds like a fun place for kids, and that is a long time to be away at that age and younger.

Jul 16, 2011 03:21 AM #2
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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I know the feeling they sure do grow up fast make time for precious memories he will be gone before you know it.

Jul 16, 2011 04:27 AM #3
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
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Holly....overnight camp is such a great experience!  I always went to Girl Scout Camp for a week or two every summer.  My girls started going too when they were old enough.  My oldest does not go anymore - but found a theater camp in Maine to attend.  So she is going to be going for THREE weeks while the other 2 are going to Girl Scout camp for one week - the first of the three weeks she is gone!  I'm looking forward to it!

Jul 16, 2011 04:47 AM #4
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I see a proud mommy moment coming on! Enjoy the arrival of your "baby" Holly!

Jul 16, 2011 06:15 AM #5
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

He looks like a really nice kid.  My 8 year old is off to camp for the first time next month.  Only 4 days and 3 nights, but I am worried about him already.

Jul 18, 2011 09:34 AM #6
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
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Thanks for all your 'welcome home' moments. All was great until he came down with the stomach flu yesterday--but better here than at camp!

Gene, it will be fine. It will be hard to send him away, but the time will fly--and he will have a BLAST!

Jul 18, 2011 09:40 AM #7
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