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Goodbyes Are Hard

Written by Brianna ‘Happy Feet’ Smith: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Camper,

Saying goodbye is never easy. Even if it is for a day, week, month, or even years, all goodbyes are hard. Saying goodbye to the people we meet at camp can be some of the hardest goodbyes you ever have to say. I myself have had many Fridays full of tears, so you are not alone if you feel the same. The people we meet at camp change our lives and the way we want to live our lives outside of camps boundaries.

I would not be the person I am today without camp and the people that I have met here. Both as a camper and as a staff member, my friends impact my life. Saying goodbye to the summer doesn’t get easier the more times you do it though. I still don’t want to leave Lazy F at the end of August and I know some of you don’t want to leave at the end of the week. Something to remember as you drive down the Manastash is that even if you are leaving camp physically what you have learned at camp will never leave you. I remember being a camper and packing my suitcase and wishing that there was a Lazy F School that I could attended with all my friends year-round. I sometimes still wish that, but I have learned a camp secret that I want to share you all. It’s not a cheesy phrase like a hard goodbye makes the hellos sweeter. This is what I have learned, saying goodbyes may make you cry and wish you had more time but you also look back and remember being happy (sometimes that happiest you have ever been). Saying a goodbye and hugging someone lets you know that there are people that love you and miss you every day. No matter what you do or where you are, camp people love you and that makes being in the ‘real world’ a lot easier.

We love you. You are loved and will always be loved. No matter how many times we may tell you to walk around a bench, drink water, walk and not run, listen to directions before getting seconds, know that we love you. We love you no matter the week or season. Remember that you are a beloved child of God. Sometimes school and work are hard, in those moments remember the hardest goodbyes and know that those people love you.

Just as Mr. Rodgers said “You don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you”. And we love all of you. Thank you for joining us this summer and for saying your goodbyes. So goodbye summer and goodbye camp we will see you all next year and we will love you until then and after.

All my love and my goodbyes, 

Happy Feet

Summer Camp Coordinator

Where Friends Become Family

Written by Avery ‘Hammer’ Fisk: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

Coming and working at Lazy F Camp this summer has enabled me to try lots of new things this summer that I would not have done before, or even think about doing. I’ve tried the zip-line, archery, fishing, and I got to sleep in teepees! Camp has taught me to get out of my comfort zone.

In trying all these new things, I never did it alone; the other counselors were there to encourage me. I have come to see the other counselors and staff as not just new friends, but as family. Throughout the summer I have seen this same thing happen with campers. All the campers start off as strangers in the beginning, but by the end of the week have become friends and like a small family.

Over the summer I have come to love many things about Lazy F. I love that camp is away from the city. It has given me a chance to rejuvenate from the stresses of the city and responsibilities that I have. I love that I get to be in nature all the time and that it surrounds me. I love the noise of the creek that runs through the middle of camp. However, the thing I love and have learned about Lazy F is that here kids feel like they are in a safe place that lets them open and be themselves with other campers.

I hope to see you at Lazy F camp one day!

Sincerely,

Hammer

Camp Counselor

Jumping Into The Unknown

Written by Marlee ‘Splash’ Smith: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

Jumping into the unknown is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. It is exciting because the possibilities are endless. You can have any experience and meet anyone, but that’s also the reason that it’s so scary.

When I applied to work as a counselor at Lazy F this summer I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never heard of Lazy F, never been to central Washington , and never even been to Summer camp. Regardless of all that, something in me (looking at you God) made me fill out that application and accept the position. I am so unbelievably glad that I did. When I was driving to camp for the first time down the windy canyon road my mind was racing worrying about if I made the right
choice or not.

As soon as I arrived at camp all my worries vanished and I knew it was going to be a fantastic summer. Everyone greeted me with open arms and made me feel right at home. Now as summer is coming to a close, and I am able to reflect on all of the amazing experiences I’ve had and people I’ve met, I know that I made the right choice spending the summer at Lazy F. I have grown spiritually, made great friends, and just overall had a blast this summer.

My biggest advice to any incoming camper or counselor is to jump into the
unknown with your eyes and heart wide open, because you have no idea what God has in store for you.

Splash

Camp Counselor

Enjoy Every Second!

Written by Aislinn ‘Dette’ Claudette: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

In life God give us a lot of things, a lot of opportunities, a lot of skills, and many different gifts… but it will always be in us to know how to take advantage of them and exploit them to the fullest.

Being part of the Lazy F family is a new experience for many and for others a place they can always return to and feel loved. To the future camper coming to Lazy F, I just want to tell you to enjoy every second, participate in all the activities that we do, have fun with your new and old friends and take home all the good memories that you make here.

I want you to challenge yourself, learn things you didn’t know before and find new experiences that challenge you and help you grow. I know you are going to love it here and your energy that you bring to camp will be greeted with unmatched excitement and fun.

This summer I challenged myself, I left the comfort that I have at home, I left my country, left the routine and decided to spend a summer with you. I have been enjoying every second and I can tell you so far that this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my entire life.

Just like me, I hope you enjoy your experience at camp to the fullest along with becoming part of this great family where you can challenge yourself! And never forget how lucky you are simply to be here. Hope see you soon!

With love,

Dette

Camp Counselor

Finding Home!

Written by Valeria ‘Jazz’ Olguin: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

I want to talk about my experience at camp and all the new things that I have had the fortune to know. I’m from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and being far from home is always a challenge with different places, people, and traditions.

The first days at camp were full of doubts but over time I started to meet the people with whom I’m can share this journey and every space of the camp. But the most important thing is that I found God in the songs we sing, the sound of the creek every morning, through every laugh, and every moment of joy. After that I realized that your home is where you can have peace and you are able to share wonderful moments with other people.

With Love,

Jazz

Camp Counselor

Be The Best You!

Written by Ryan ‘T-Bone’ McGuckin: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

For me, Lazy F is one of the most amazing places in the world. Being here allows me to be the best and truest version of myself. I mean, how many other places do I get to stick peanut butter or a banana in my armpit and eat it? I can’t think of any. I feel like I can be myself while at camp be accepted for who I am. Other staff and campers have said that they feel the same way about feeling like they can be the best version of themselves while at Lazy F.

I have met some of my greatest friends through camp, whether that be when I was a camper or these last three summers as a counselor. When I’m at camp I know who people really are and they know who I really am. This makes making friends easier for me and creates a deeper and more meaningful friendship between the two of us. The friends you’ll make at camp will stay with you for life and can always be counted on when needed.

I can’t wait to get to know you during the summer.

You’re friend,

T-Bone

Camp Counselor

Growth Zone

Written by Juan ‘Moose’ Rodriguez: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

If there’s one thing I want you to know about camp, it’s that it is a place where you can grow as a person. Before coming here, I joined a Boy Scout troop and after that a youth group. Through both of those programs I found Lazy F. With my troop, I came here as a volunteer (and still do) every year. My troop and I set up the teepees here at camp and while I was still a scout, we would set up the archery range. My youth group on the other hand; we would come here as volunteers to help with a lot of different things like fixing the creek, cutting branches off trees, and making the fence at the entrance.

After coming to Lazy F for a while as a volunteer I was ready to join as a camper! I first came to winter camp, then two summer camps after that, and now I’m here at Lazy F a camp counselor. One thing I’ve learned from coming here so many times as both a volunteer and a camper was that it’s a place to grow. I used to be shy, unconfident, and didn’t talk much but, through Lazy F, I grew.

Now as a camp counselor I would love to be part of your journey in becoming the best person you can be. I’m excited to meet you, know you, and not only watch you grow, but watch you and your camp-mates grow as a team! I’m excited to see you grow through our challenge course, our activities, and watching you try things you’d never think you’d get to do! Getting out of your comfort zone and into something we like to call your ‘growth zone’ can be a scary thing, but that’s where the most change can happen!

Coming to camp can be scary, but the lessons you learn, the activities you do, the memories you’ll make will stay with you for a super long time. I couldn’t have said this better than Seal in his letter, “If someone is mean to you at school, remember camp. Remember that in this place you are loved for who you are and that you belong. No matter what happens you will always belong in this place.”

Moose

Camp Counselor

My 3 Top Tips

Written by Olivia ‘Goose’ Grob: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

I have been in your position many times before. I started being a camper when I was 5 and haven’t missed a year since. Whether this is your 10th year at Lazy F or first time, the butterflies and excitement of being at camp never goes away. I am so excited to meet you and all of your friends at camp! Over my many years as a camper and two years as a counselor, here are three essential pieces of advice:

1) Be yourself!
Camp is a place that fosters lifelong friendships and those grow best when you are genuinely yourself. Everyone has a story and camp is the perfect place to share yours.

2) Come in with an open mind!
Camp offers so many unique experiences and sometimes that calls for you to be a little bit silly. Embrace every new experience and do your best to participate. You’ll be surprised by how much fun you can have

3) Bring enough socks!!
While your mom may nag you about having enough socks, having clean socks is essential to camp life.

I’m so excited to meet you all at the happiest place on Earth, Lazy F!

Goose

Camp Counselor

Its Ok, I Get Homesick Too

Written by Hayley ‘Juice’ Galla: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

G’day, all the way from Sydney, Australia! I’m so glad you found us and are currently reading this blog post. After a few long flights, I have finally arrived at this gorgeous place they call “Lazy F Camp”. This is my third summer as a camp counselor in the USA. I have worked at camps all over the country in areas like Upstate New York and Wisconsin. I have to say “Lazy F” is BY FAR the best camp I have been to with it’s beautiful and native surroundings. Every morning I wake up and hear the birds chirping, the flowing creek, the crackling of the campfire at night, and children laughing all day.

A little bit about myself, I have been a counselor for two summers and this summer, at Lazy F, I am the “activities coordinator”. This includes planning and running evening games for the children. I enjoy sports, performing arts, and the adventure of the outdoors. Back home in Australia I run a children’s playcentre and spend my spare time exploring new adventures. Every summer I look forward to exploring my wonderful faith through God’s love which reminds me that I can accomplish anything.

As an international counselor, it’s hard being away from friends, family and the relationships I have back home. YES! I get homesick too! However, I could not feel more at HOME here at Lazy F. The friends I have made here I will keep in contact with for the rest of my life. Children’s lives are changed here forever. It is truly a magical place. In Australia, summer camps are not common, and I struggle to find a way to describe what camp is truly like because you won’t know unless you have been. There’s just something about camp that brings me back every summer.

A thought to end on,

The tan lines may fade, but the memories will last forever.

Blessings and Love,

Juice

Activities Coordinator

A Special Place

Written by Emily ‘Nalgene’ Toycen: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

Whether you have signed up for camp for this summer, already signed up for next summer, haven’t signed up for camp yet, been coming to Lazy F for years, have never been, this letter is for you! Personally, I have been coming to Lazy F my entire life and it has made a huge impact on me. Camp is a special place for many reasons, and I believe that it has something incredible to offer for anyone who comes.

I am a big believer in the power of worship, community, and God’s presence in nature, and Lazy F provides the opportunity to experience all of those things. When you come to camp, you get the chance to experience worship through song and the Word every morning at chapel, which can be such a powerful experience! You also get to become a part of one of the most important communities you will have in your life through spending quality time, Bible encounter, and doing fun and silly activities with your small group. And one of my favorite parts about camp, you get to do it all outside! I know it can be hard to leave the comfort and familiarity of your home, but when you come to camp, you get to spend time outside in God’s creation, and get to do so many fun activities while doing it!

If you’re nervous about coming to camp, then I totally understand! I love coming to camp, but even I get nervous before I come just because there’s so many unknowns which can be really scary. Even though I always get nervous before coming to camp, I also end up having way more fun than I thought was possible! You will make new friends, do fun and crazy activities, experience God in so many ways, and have the best stories to tell to your friends and family when you get home.

I am so excited for you to come to camp and to get to have so much fun with you!

Nalgene

Camp Counselor