Yesterday, we threw out a little contest to our Facebook friends. The response was sweet.
Whoever came up with the BEST “Top 10 Reasons that Vista Camps is the BEST Summer camp EVER” would be the winner and get published in the next Vista Bubble Blog post… AND get Vista Bucks. AND a treat from the camp store.
We got several sweet answers so we decided to pick the top 3. The favorite three contestants are….. (drum roll please)…. Eric Weiss, Jordan Hill, and Madi Pape! Woohoooo!!! Congrats people! Today, we’re going to showcase one and we’ll save the others for a day when we all need a pick-me-up. Thank you, Madi Pape, for the sweet sweet answers below. Thank you, also, to everyone else that Shared Their Vista Love!
TOP TEN REASONS WHY VISTA CAMPS IS THE BEST SUMMER CAMP EVER!!! (From Madi Pape)
1. The scenery: Texas weather is unpredictable, yet somehow Vista is always beautiful no matter how little or how much rain (2007, anyone?) there is. Plus just seeing Vista for the first time when you arrive is enough to make anyone about 1000 times happier.
2. Connecting with other people: I can’t tell you how cool it is to meet someone at school who has been to summer camp. Even when they didn’t go to Vista, they completely understand how amazing the experience is and we get to geek out over our tribes and activities and traditions together.
3. Getting to reinvent yourself: Sometimes it’s hard to be yourself when you’re at school, but when you come to Vista in the summer you can become exactly the person you want to be. I always enjoyed coming to camp in the summer and getting to be a little more outgoing!
4. Activities: The variety is endless, and it gives you the chance to try out all sorts of things you never would have thought of trying if you had spent the summer at home. Plus, it was always cool to find an activity (archery!!!) that you had a talent or a passion for, and you could take it every year, getting better and better at it.
5. Traditions: Just knowing that thousands of girls walked exactly where you walked is amazing. Things like superthon, vespers, starguiders, etc. make Vista unique, not to mention traditions help campers (and counselors) to bond and create lasting memories.
6. Food: Umm, I’m pretty sure the food is too great not to mention. When you’re at camp, as silly as this sounds, it’s one of the best feelings in the world to find out that there is chocolate pie for dessert, or chicken nuggets and mac & cheese for lunch, or coffee cake for breakfast. Not to mention that during the rest of the year whenever you’re camp-sick, you can make these foods, close your eyes, and pretend you’re back at Vista. (I can’t be the only one who does that?)
7. Tribes: Being a part of the tribe is the coolest thing because for whatever reason, you just get so attached to your tribe and love it no matter what. Also, being a part of a tribe was one of my first experiences being a part of something “bigger” and it teaches you how to work with others. And you can get really cool shirts. I’m pretty sure that the only negative effect here is that you may own way too much of one color. (30% of what I own may or may not be purple, shhh, don’t tell anyone!)
8. Leadership: Whether it’s being a tribe officer, a starguider, or even just one of the older campers, Vista helps girls and boys to become a whole lot more comfortable around their peers, which is something children and teens tend to struggle with. Of course, the experience of being someone for others to look up to also makes you more self-aware. Not to mention the independence you gain when you’re away from your parents for a long period of time, meaning you get to make your own choices and learn from your own mistakes.
9. Counselors: They’re the best. Seriously, it’s remarkable how Vista finds so many kind, patient, and empathetic people. When a camper is excited to see not only their friends, but also their counselors when they come back each summer, that means something is definitely being done right!
10. Friendships: They’re certainly long lasting. For instance, at my sister-in-law’s wedding, she had old friends she met at camp there, which I thought was the coolest thing. For me, coming from a place where most everyone is of the same background, getting to make friends from girls from different cities, states, and even countries (sadly not different universes… we’ve got to work on that) is one of the experiences that I am most thankful for.