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Clara Barton Camp
“ I could say searched the world a thousand times to finds my rhyme, but I say, I already found it in our time, my haven in a heaven, a fire side and you…Good-byes, no such thing, only goodnight…" Good-Night A song about Clara Barton Camp by Allison Hubbard.
I just got back from camp (again) and I have to say ten years is not nearly enough time at Clara Barton Camp. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was only 6 years old, and I was scared and felt very alone. A friend of ours in the Lions' Club suggested that my parents take me and my brother to a family camp session the next month. Being at Clara Barton made me feel like I belonged, and not only has the experience helped me, it has also helped my friends and family understand, and to help me with my diabetes. While at camp instead of being homesick, I can say that for myself and many others, when I am home, I get camp sick.
I miss the sunshine filled days, Gaga (the best game in the world!), the pond, all of the campers, the cookie bake-offs, eating spoonfuls of peanut butter when your blood sugar is low…I do not know where to stop or where to begin. In all my years as a camper, and now a staff member, I have never seen anyone not have fun at camp. Between the camp dances with the Joslin boys (Camp Joslin is the boys camp right down the road, an equally wonderful place) and counselor auction, you never run out of things to do. Singing songs by the campfires, dancing around the dining hall singing about a bog, boa constrictor, or a chicken in the air, and having a polar bear swim (swimming at 6-6:30 am) are just a few things that never lose their charm. Friends made at camp are friends for life; the memories will always be there. After waking each other up at 11:00 at night, or at 1:00am, to go to healthcare, or go to check blood sugars, you cannot help but look back and smile. All I can say is, that now I cannot imagine my life without CBC, it is my home, and my family is there too.
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