Homeward Bound

The Deer Hut campers were wakened by Rob banging a ladle on a pot. He marched around the tents, banging and singing a most aggravating song. “Wakey, wakey! Eggs ‘n bakey! Biscuits flakey. Brightening sky. Breakfast gonna stick to every rib! Rise and shiney! Don’t be whiney. Move your hiney! Sun is high and time…

An Agonizing Island Night

It was a tortuous night. Despite the mat Shawn had given me for under my sleeping bag, I still felt like the princess in “The Princess and the Pea”. I could feel every acorn, stone, and root. My hips and shoulders ground into the unforgiving bedrock of the island. What was the use of the…

Island Campfire

When we returned, the campers were headed down to the campfire. Sunset was minutes away. We followed along. Shawn motioned for me to sit beside him on the log bench. I happily did so and Patrick climbed up into my lap. The girls sat on the outside edge of the circle but I noticed campers…

Monstrous

We went back to the camp and found the girls sitting with a large number of campers. They had finally gotten caught in the camouflage countdown game. “Mum and I just went to the box!” Patrick told them excitedly. “What’s that?” Megan asked. “The bathroom.” “Where is it? I need to go.” “I’ll show you!”…

Answering The Call

Since we had been eliminated from camouflage countdown, I approached Adam, who had also been removed from the game and was sitting on a wooden bench, chatting with other campers. My bladder was full and nature was calling. “Excuse me, Adam. Could you please tell me where to find the bathroom?” “Sure!” Adam stood up….

Dinner and shenanigans

We changed out of our swimsuits, put on our dry clothes and joined the campers headed down to the fire pit. The counselors were lining the kids up. Shawn was taking the burgers off the grill. They smelled glorious. We got into the line and in an orderly fashion moved down the picnic table and…

Cliff Jumping

“Can we go and at least watch the cliff jumping?” Sarah asked with a shrug. “Then we can decide if it’s something we might be brave enough to try.” “OK. Grab you towels and we will join Amy.” I said. We found Amy standing in the midst of a circle of excited campers. She smiled…

Little Indian Island

The speed boat demonstration continued for about 15 minutes before Shawn yelled, “There it is!” He was pointing at the larger of two islands that sat 600 hundred yards from the shoreline. Emily pulled back on the throttle, the boat dramatically slowed and we all jerked forward. I finally could let go of my hat…

Adventure Awaits

I arrived at the beach to discover my three intent on completing an elaborate sand kingdom. There were four campers helping them this time. I grabbed my towel and laid it on the sand in a shady section. I stretched out my legs, leaned back and watched. It wasn’t many minutes before general swim time…

Courage

“What are you up to next?” Father asked. ”We have plans to camp out on Little Indian this evening.” I gave Father a ghoulish grin. “Oh reaaaaalllly?” Father’s eye brows shot up with surprise. “Yup. The kids’ idea. Not mine.” “I wondered. You don’t relish the concept of sleeping in a tiny tent on uneven…

Heavenly Gardens

Father Brian and I continued to work on the garden for the next hour. It really was like a session of therapy for us both. Topics were wide ranging. We discussed: escaped campers; various causes of deep vein thrombosis; disciplining teenagers; pulmonary emboli; is it possible to hear confession whilst gardening; various treatments for homesickness;…

Create happiness in the midst of crap

We put the kayaks and paddles back and headed to the beach. General swim time was fast approaching and the kids wanted to join in. As we crossed the main road I noticed the camp van had returned. It meant Father Brian must be back from his trip into Algonquin. They had made good time….