Check out who Hadley brought home!

Hey, Camp Fans!

A while back in mid-July, I asked you guys to share your camp stories. Ask and we shall receive! We got a great response with nearly 30 entries so we’re happily publishing each and every submission right here on the Blog! Everyone who submitted got $15 gift certificates and seven lucky winners got larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100. I’m announcing the first $50 winner right here and right now! Today’s winner is….

Hadley M.! Congratulations! You’re our first $50 prize winner! Hadley spent her summer at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha and brought home an unexpected guest! Read all about it in this excellent entry from Hadley’s mother, Debbie:

Check it out for yourself at Hayo-Went-Ha!

The Unwanted Visitor

“Hadley enjoyed a full month at YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha for girls this summer. She was in the Biker group that took an 8-day 140-mile bicycling trek through the upper peninsula of Michigan. These girls were tough, sometimes riding 30 to 40 miles in a day. They even got to take the ferry over to Mackinac Island and spend a day on their bikes exploring. When not on the biking adventure, the girls were able to take part in Life-size Board game super Saturday, Ropes Courses, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, Nature Walks, and the list could continue as there are so many options of things to do at Hayo-Went-Ha.

I guess one of the many lessons learned for Hadley was that of how to care for your belongings at camp. Hadley had decided that it was easier to just leave her trunk open to have quick access to her belongings. Because really it MUST be too much trouble to close that trunk each time you want to change clothes or grab something—right?!

On the final day of camp, we made the 4 hour drive to camp to pick up Hadley. We loaded up her trunk and spent the next 4 hours peppering her with questions about her month of adventure. By the time we made it home, everyone wanted to just relax. So we put off unpacking her trunk until the next day. We had left the trunk on the back porch because as anyone who has had a child go to camp—those things do not smell the best after a month at camp. The next day, Hadley was responsible for unpacking all of her items from the trunk and putting them into the laundry so that everything could be washed. At the bottom of her trunk Hadley found a Momma Mouse and the 5 babies that she had given birth to in the trunk!!!! Needless to say this was a lesson learned (we HOPE). Always close your trunk after getting your things out of it. You never know what might sneak into that trunk!”This is why you close your camp trunk.

Thanks again for your submission, Debbie. We hope Hadley learned her lesson! For anyone else interested in Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

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