Monday, April 30, 2007

The Songs, Part 2

We've reminisced about campfire songs here.

I heard a song on the radio the other day, that reminded me of camp.

When I was on staff ('87 & '88), we listened to the radio quite often. There was almost always a radio on in girls' staff, we would listen to the radio in the kitchen while working between meals, and if there wasn't a camp in, we'd listen to the radio at the pool during staff swims.

My time at camp was before the 'no repeat workday' concept, so some songs were played several times a day. Some of them still bring back memories of camp, 20 years later.

Two of these songs, were "When Smokey Sings" by ABC and "Hands to Heaven" by Breathe. These had to be two of the most overplayed songs of the late 80's! For the record, neither of these are a favourite of mine. They just remind me of being at camp, because I heard them so often while I was there.

Is there a song from the radio or a tape/CD you took to camp, that reminds you of camp? It could be a favourite or something that was overplayed at the time.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Senior Music Camp, year ???

I'm pretty sure it's either 1999 or 2000 - I'm putting money on the former.

How many people can you recognise?
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Smell, Part 2

I've often heard smell is a big factor in bringing back memories. You've probably experienced this yourself.

The bad smell of the beach and the old sulphur water have already been mentioned here.

Other, more pleasant smells also bring back camp memories for me. Freshly cut grass often reminds me of camp. (Guess that also means the chore boys were good at keeping up with that part of their job!).

Noxzema skin cream was a popular item with the girls when I was on staff. To this day, it brings back memories of washing up at the double sinks in Hoover House!

Do you have a more pleasant smell that reminds you of camp?

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Rise and shine

Flag Raising - the early morning tradition. Of all the common threads of the various camps this is perhaps the one that binds all the camp programs together. Everyone gathered around the flag pole each morning for the raising of the flag, devotions and exercises. Yes the exercises! Those silly jumps, hops and stretches. Occassionally something went up the flag pole with the flag (though I couldn't find any pictures) and occassionally something fell out of the flag as it was unfurled.

Did you have a favourite leader 'round the flag pole? Any favourite memories?

Monday, April 2, 2007

Construction 1994

My only question when this was all done was: "Will we ever have grass again?"