TERRY’S TIME: The Magic of Camp August 4, 2014 Camp is a world unto itself. For many people who have never experienced camp, it may seem as foreign as the underwater landscape and sea life. Marimeta truly has a life of its own. Just like the tide and the ocean currents that change the views from below: The different personalities, the ever changing weather, new activities and age group sizes all play a vital role in how things look and work at Camp Marimeta. Camp is a place where kids can be kids. Even the older ones. It is OK, even kind of cool, to be silly. Because Marimeta is not co-ed camp, our girls are not worried about their hair or their make-up, unless it’s to make it the most outrages or the funniest. What they wear can be an endless struggle at home, but at Marimeta goofy is the “new black”. Whether the camper has been with us for eight weeks or the second session they have been working on their independence, self-reliance, leadership, cooperation and community living. These skills take practice and for some it is their first chance to experience these. The campers at Marimeta start getting in a routine and thrive in taking care of themselves and others. When the girls get home it can be easy to fall back into rely on their parents to take care of everything. Give them some responsibilities that they may not have had before. Ask them to help out around the house. All the girls now know how to set a table as well as clear the dishes when done. They all can make their beds, and sweep a floor. It may not always be to our standards but they are attempting and that is usually half the battle. When at home, some of the girls will retreat to their rooms, others will latch on to their computers and phones. There are girls who may just seem quiet. All of these are normal transitions and the girls just need time to decompress. They need time to slowly come up for air. The have been living in a unique world that very few understand. The Lodgies recieved a thank you note from Cami C., one of our senior cabin girls, that says volumes to how special, unique, remarkable and unexplainable Marimeta can be: Dear Lodge, They say that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. As these last few days of camp quickly dawn on us, I finally realize that that saying is best applied towards camp. This beautiful place that we call our summer home has given all of us so much to be thankful for. This is a very special place where something as simple as grilled cheese can make us go ballistic and nobody thinks anything of it. Every single girl is here because they are meant to be here. Sure, we don’t always get along every second, but hey, what do you expect “sisters” to do. At Marimeta, strangers become friends, friends become sisters, counselors become moms and memories become a part of us. When you go home, you try to explain to your parents and friends about the songs, the inside jokes, the cheers and the food-but you end up just telling them “you had to be there…” I just wanted to say thank you an infinity amount of time for making my time at camp the most cherished experience of my life. Love, Cami As the summer comes to a close we want to thank everyone who has giving us the chance to watch your daughters and granddaughters grow. Thanks for making camp a priority for your daughters. Thanks for believing in the miracle of camp. There are many opportunities out there and we appreciate that you have chosen Marimeta for your child. The impact that Marimeta can have on molding their future and the life lessons that can not be learned from home or parents are things we hold dear and cherish. We love what we do and it would not be possible without all of your support. May you and your daughter’s school year be full of fun, sunshine and most of all, laughter. Love, Terry We hope you will check in monthly for Letters from the Lodge. We will be posting interesting articles, fun facts and other interesting news about camp and our campers. Post season and Alumni camp are available and are a fun way to experience the allure of camp. If you know of anyone that might like spending a week in the Northwoods, skiing, sailing, and trying their hand on the high ropes course, let them know about Marimeta. Marimeta is a word of mouth business, please help spread the word about the experiences your daughter has had here.