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.
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