Why to Try Overnight Camp!

Posted by Brian on 11 February 2019 | 0 Comments

Hello campers!  Thinking about returning to camp this summer?  Possibly to try something new and exciting like overnight camp?  For those of you who have never attended overnight camp at Camp Talooli you have no idea what you are missing out on.  I know there are plenty of reasons why you may be a little hesitant to give overnight camp a try, but let us give you some reasons as to why overnight camp is an unforgettable experience and answer some questions you may have. 

It May Seem Scary, but You Won’t be Alone

It is perfectly understandable to be scared to try overnight camp, but if you think you’re going to be the only person afraid at first, think again.  Lots of kids trying overnight camp are scared at first.  The truth is though, there is nothing to be scared of.  Being away from mom and dad may seem hard at first, but you’ll be busy doing so many fun activities you won’t even have time to miss them.  The week seems to go by so quick because everything you’ll be doing and you’ll be wishing they lasted longer.

A Whole New World: The Other Side of Camp

If you have ever done day camp you know how fun the camp day is.  But what you may not know is that instead of getting on the bus and going home, you go back to your cabin and prepare for to do even more activities at night.  Some of the best parts of camp happen after the flags are lowered.  This includes evening choice activities, family style meals, and boys and girls night activities at your cabin site.  Evening choice allows you to do some extra swimming, archery, an expert guided evening fishing trip, and some other special activities.  Boys and girls nights is when your counselors plan a special activity that may include cooking out over the campfire, jousting on the stage, sleeping out under the stars, and a whole bunch of other things.  You do not want to miss out all the fun evening activities that take place at overnight camp. 

Sleeping at Camp

There’s nothing better than getting to sleep in a cabin listening to the sounds of nature as you fall asleep.  They have screen windows so you can hear and see everything around you.  If you’re in Kema or Ayan campsites, which are right next to the lake, you’ll be able to hear the bullfrogs talk to each other at night.  If you’re in Okihi or Eluta campsites, which are a little further out in the woods, you may be lucky enough to hear some coyotes howl into the night but don’t worry those howls are coming from a mile or more away from camp.  Plus the cool breeze of the night is able to blow through the screens keeping you nice and cool at night.

Campfires and Friendship

When thinking about overnight camp and discussing it with anyone who has done it before there are two things they talk about as the best parts of overnight camp and camp in general, campwide fires and long lasting friendships.  On Mondays and Thursdays every overnight camp group gathers in the backyard of Duff for a campfire.  At these fires each group gets up to either sing a camp song or perform a skit.  If you don’t know any camp songs or skits there's no need to worry, your counselor will know and help you guys plan what to do.  The campfires are often the most memorable part of the week.  It’s a chance for you to get up and entertain the whole camp and leave your mark.  But perhaps the best part of the whole overnight camp experience is the friendships and memories you make with your group.  You’re with the same six or seven people all week and do everything together.  It may not sound appealing a first I know, but trustme you’re going to wish you could stay with your group longer.  You’ll quickly find out you and your group like the same sports, watch the same movies and have so many other things in common.  There are plenty of bonding moments throughout the week that will bring you and your group closer and make the things you do even more enjoyable.  People make lifelong friends because of camp, and I guarantee the same will happen to you.  So when you’re thinking about whether or not you want to do overnight camp this summer I strongly encourage you to do so.  You will not regret it and will be begging your parents to let you come back for another week.