A time to say, THANK YOU!

As a few of you know, this was my first summer at Camp Ocean Pines. I have been working in the camping industry since 2010 and this summer was one for the books, it was sooooo much fun! I felt that I was a part of the Camp Ocean Pines family from the first day. I am filled with so much happiness and gratitude when I reflect on this summer. As I wrap up Summer 2018, I want to give some ‘thank you’s’ to a few groups of people that made this summer amazing.

First, THANK YOU to the staff…

Being a camp staff is the best job in the world (I may be biased but where else do you get paid to be slimed, make s’mores and be silly?!). I want to thank all the staff for pushing themselves to be the best they could be the whole summer. Thank you for being patient, kind and overall, 100%  weird. Thanks for helping campers grow into themselves and guiding them through the tough moments. Thanks for the late nights, early mornings and everything in between. You are what we call, Professional Role Models.

Next, THANK YOU to the parents…

And the grandmas, the uncles, the caretakers and anyone who helped get a camper to camp. Thank you so much for trusting us with your camper! We appreciate it that you support our values of helping kids connect, explore and grow. Thank you for helping them pack before camp, making their beds on the first day and encouraging them to try new things and meet new friends! Thanks for all the great conversations, the feedback and being a part of our Camp Ocean Pines family.

And finally, THANK YOU to the campers…

It is said every year, camp is nothing without the campers. Campers bring the magic that fills the air and makes camp what it is! Thanks for being a friend to everyone whether it was another camper, a counselor or a bunny! Thank you for exploring camp and the nature that surrounds us every day. Thank you for stepping into your growth zone and being willing to grow during your time here at camp. A special thank you to all our Teen Leaders for giving your love back to camp! Every camper that came through here this summer is so unique and makes Camp Ocean Pines a very remarkable place. Thank you for all the laughs, smiles and memories.

There are so many more people I would like to thank and it would take too long. So if you are reading this, THANK YOU! Overall, the chapter of Summer 2018 at Camp Ocean Pines is coming to a close and we are ready to start a new one! Thank you again for welcoming me into the family, I cannot wait to make more memories!

- Erin 'Fizzle' Moses