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Slice: Recalling A Close Call At Camp

SR buddy Paul Turner of The Slice blog posts: “When I was a kid in Burlington, Vermont, I spent a week one summer at a hockey camp in nearby Lake Placid, N.Y. Boys from all over New England attended this sports-focused session. We stayed at a place called the Northwood School. On-ice training took place at a rink that belonged to that prep school. The Lake Placid facility that would become a celebrated venue because of the 1980 Winter Olympics did not exist at the time. I have a number of memories from that week. But one still makes me wince. One day when we were in our dorm rooms exchanging bon mots between hockey practices, an older boy named Dennis got an idea. Wouldn't it be a riot to fill a plastic cup with urine, place it atop a room door and then summon an unpopular camper?” More here.

Question: Did you attend summer camp as a kid? Any close calls that you might want to share with us?

Most Love Summer Camp But Not All

Summer seems like a distant memory to most of us – but not 10-year-old Hannah Ellis. When she talked about summer camp, words exploded like a popcorn kernels in a microwave. Breathlessly, she listed her favorite things about her time at Camp Sweyolakan. “I like swimming in the lake, and spending the night and being outdoors and hiking in the woods!” She paused to catch her breath. “They feed you breakfast, lunch and dinner – it’s good food! And we sing songs before every meal and during the day”/Cindy Hval, Washington Voices. More here. Also (by Cindy): Girl, her family get Starlight treatment.

Cindy: Okay. I have to say I was a camp-hater. I hated sleeping in cabins with a bunch of girls. I hated swimming in the seaweed-filled lake. I hated the food. I hated arts and crafts. But. Most kids LOVE camp, so it’s cool that there are programs like this to help them.

Question: Did you enjoy summer camp?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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