Today was our last day at Camp Easter Seals, and our last day at a camp all together. We used the morning as prep for our approaching arrival into DC. We made one last run to Wal-Mart for supplies and stopped off at a car wash to make sure the vans were ready to return after arrival.
With all projects complete and no work left to do we were able to spend the remainder of our afternoon with the campers we had fallen in love with that week. It is always a blast to do programming with the campers, not only do you get to spend more time with them, but you also get to revert back to a child yourself as you paint bird baths with watercolors or go on a nature hike.
With the afternoon having flown by we then went to our last dinner we would be eating at any camp this summer. Each of us sat at our respective cabins that we had favored over the week in order to share a few more jokes and enjoy their company. As usual for the camp some of us got called out and were made to either kiss the Taxidermy moose in the front of the dining hall or make a jog to the infirmary.
Following dinner was the best part of any camp, the dance. The theme was western which provided us a great opportunity to raid a costume closet one last time. Dressed in our best western wear we could scrounge up in the closet we all set out to the tennis courts where the dance was being held. There were decorations along the fences, cowboy photo booth cutouts, and to top it all off a Jail. Well it wasn't actually a jail, more like a giant inflatable bounce house they called a jail.
It was the last dance we would be at this summer so we danced accordingly. Feet didn't stop moving until the music stopped(which happened three times as shouts of encore prevented an ending). When the last song was played and the campers and us couldn't coax the directors to play anymore music everyone lined up for a group photo. Post-photo we said our good byes and shared the final laughs with the camp and those campers that had touched our hearts that week. It was hard to believe it was the last camp we would leave.
With our new friends all sent off to bed the team sat around and discussed the highs and lows of the trip, the things that had made us want to strangle each other and the memories of each other we could never forget, the discussion turned into sharing kind words about each team member with a few jokes for a good laugh.
While today was a day of many lasts, it was the beginning entering back into the world a changed person.
Arizona State University
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