If I close my eyes and bring in a long, deep breath and then ever so slowly exhale, I can transport myself back 42 years, to the Spring of 1978. I was 30 years old and was putting the final staff and camper roster together for the Michigan Easter Seal Society's Camp Hickory Ridge, for children and adults with disabilities, within Camp Innisfree in Howell, Michigan.
It was a small program, with only a few dozen campers joining us for each session. But we were BIG On Adventure. Rousing breakfasts, some on a pontoon boat to greet the sunrise, wagon trips to the beach (it was mile away throught the twisting trails of the camp) and roasted hot dogs over a camp fire for lunch, and outpost camping in tents away from the main lodge with a thunder storm thrown in for good measure. There was plenty of time for fishing and turtle watching, and swimming (for some "floating" was a more accurate description).
It always took us longer to get from point A to B. There were braces, and wheelchairs, and crutches to adjust, and medicatons to check off the lists, but no one was in a hurry, except perhaps when responding to the dinner bell. As the day wound down, there was enough laughter to fill the Big House at Michgian and enough rousing song around the campfire to fill the sky overhead. And the best was always saved for last, life long friendships and of course, (deep breath and slow exhale), Memories To Relive.
NorthStar Reach, a seriousfun camp is all of this and much, much more! I hope that you will join Team Relive A Memory and/or make a donation supporting the Camp-A-Thon Challenge fundraiser coming up on May 15 and 16. We all have memories of summer fun, of time with families and friends. So take in a long, slow breath, exhale ever so slow, and Relive A Memory to share.