This letter of a first-time camper’s experience through the eyes of an eight year old boy will make you question ever sending your kids to camp again.
Mom of three, Liesl wasn’t sure what to anticipate when she sent her youngest son to camp for the first time. At the ripe age of eight, her son had never spent more than one night away from home.
Liesl hoped her newbie camper would come back as a gentleman full of wisdom thanks to the many life lessons he gained.
Mom Liesl shared, “Last year, my eight year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. An hour after I dropped him off, I missed him. By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him.
As the days passed, I wrote to him daily. Each hour dragged as I’d wait for the mailman, hoping for just one letter from him. By that point I missed him so much, I began to imagine what he might write.”
The letter she hoped to receive from her precious baby boy:
Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I have learned so many cool things, like how to take a fish off the hook, tie sailing knots, and how to groom a horse. Thanks for packing sun screen. I’ve been out on the lake a lot, so it’s really come in handy. You think of everything! I’ve been drinking tons of water since it’s so hot. See? I do listen to all your good advice.
The other boys in my cabin are really smart and nice. I’m making lifelong friends I will cherish forever. We’ve had fun learning camp songs, playing cards, and catching frogs in our free time. During quiet time, I read the book you sent along. What a great selection!
Like you suggested, I’m trying a lot of new foods. You were right, the oatmeal at breakfast isn’t bad if I add raisins. And don’t worry, Mom, I’m using all the manners you’ve taught me over the years.
We’re camping under the stars tonight. I hope to see fireflies.
I love you, P.S. Tell my brothers I miss them!
Ah! One can hope for a letter that encouraging. Making mama think she is seriously crushing this whole mom thing and that camp is this ultimate place to groom a mature young man.
The actual letter went a little something like this:
Okay, well what can you really expect from an eight year old? Not only an eight year old, an eight year old boy.
Next year, we’ll all be anxious for a novel of camp letters from this kid! What will he learn from an older and wiser 9-year-old self.
Not only will we all be looking forward to his next camp experience, but mama Liesl said she is sending him with a full book of stamps.
Isn’t he absolutely charming? Let’s hope the letters come pouring in! Please share if this precious little camper brought a smile to your face today.