When I think about summer camps for teenagers, I always think about movies like Dirty Dancing or Heavyweights. I always wanted to go so summer camp when I was younger, and I got a couple of opportunities, but they were usually week-long trips rather than all summer.
I would love to say that my summer camps were just like the movies, but they really weren’t. First of all, they were usually church camps, so we would have really boring lectures during the day and group meetings during the evening. There was a dance each week that I went, but our church discouraged dating, so the dances were sometimes awkward.
I think that the perfect summer camps for teenagers involve a lot of outdoor activities. I would have loved to go to a camp like the one in Heavyweights, even though I wasn’t overweight. All of the running and jumping and climbing and swimming would have been my ideal summer. I’m actually hoping to do something like that this summer–swim in the river or at my apartment complex pool, go to parks with my friends, and just have a really good time enjoying nature. I’m going to be starting law school in the fall, so this summer might be my last chance to do those things when I’m not so busy.