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Friday, August 26, 2016

Clara Barton Camp

I have recently returned from Clara Barton Camp, which is a Summer camp specifically for girls with Type 1 diabetes. It is impossible to put into words what it has done to me. The best explanation is that it is my new favorite place. Even better than my own home. Because CBC is my home. Everything was so amazing, from my friends and counselors in Lagoon "Lit" Lodge to how everything was so well coordinated in the whole camp. Our cabin may have been small in number but we were great in spirit. If any of you Goonies or counselors in S3 2016 are reading this, I want you to know that I really miss you (even though it's only been a day) and can't wait to see you again next year. It is so hard to explain how camp has changed me in these last two weeks but it is definitely recommended, whether you're going for 1 day or 3 weeks, camp will be the most amazing experience of you're life.

Arriving there you will be introduced to your counselors and be escorted to a destignated area for medical check in. After that you will do a swimming test, and then return to your cabin for goodbyes and then some cabin bonding time. After dinner is the traditional opening campfire where you are introduced to all of the counselors and current CITs. Then you go back to the cabin for some cabin time. At 9:00 to 10:30 (depending on your cabin) is lights out. 
The next few days will be filled with fun activities and themed days such as "swinter" (summer in the winter). On Tuesday nights you take a bus to Joslin (the boys' Diabetes camp) for "Tuesday Dance Night" where your counselors dress up in camp-made costumes and on Wednesdays you have cookout night, with a campfire, burgers, s'mores, and throwing corn into the lake if your Couselor happened to dress up as Ohio for Tuesday Dance Night (long story, if you were in S3 2016 you know what I'm talking about). 

If you were lucky you may also have "night watch" a traditional once-a-summer night where you sleep outside and take turns tending for the fire throughout the night with the other cabins.
 On the last night you will have the closing campfire, with the torch swim and lots of sad campfire songs. 

I really hope you consider going to this camp. I swear you won't regret it.


Thanks!!  Ana