Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A glimpse into 50 years at a Camp

Time flies.  And if you catch yourself not paying attention to it, a whole month will pass by and you'll be left wondering where it went.  Today I realized that a whole month had passed since my last entry.  I found myself day after day saying "I'll do it tomorrow".....days became weeks and weeks became a month.  This is the life you have and if you aren't careful, it'll pass you by!

Below is a link to a video that was created to celebrate my camp's 50 year anniversary in its present location in the Catskills.  In May of 2008 I had attended an annual Board of Director's meeting/dinner.  During dinner, sitting with our volunteers, staff and supporters of the Frost Valley YMCA, we were shown this video.  As the lights dimmed and the movie started, I found myself being swept away in emotion.

This video captured the essence of camping - with still photos dating back to our camp's early days in the 40's and 50's to present day snapshots.  While I did not know many of the people in the video, I found such a strong sense of connection to many of the images that I was seeing.

I know my view point is biased.  I'm the kid that was dropped off at camp, didn't want to go, threw a teenage hissy fit leading up to going to camp - and as soon as I arrived, my life changed forever.  When I watched this video for the first time, that feeling of magic I experienced as a kid came ringing through my brain loud and clear.

Every time since May of 2008, it evokes the same emotion.  I don't know many of the people in this video, but I find myself strongly relating to them.

The video is great.  The experience is greater.

This Is The Life You Have.......