A Letter to Chipinaw

During our #HomeInHundred 2020 countdown, we received a great letter from Abby B., a CA at Chipinaw. We wanted to share her letter as a message of hope and a reminder of how important the summers we spend at camp together really are.

To my Chipinaw family,

First, I want to start off by saying that I hope everyone on your end is happy and healthy in these times of craziness and havoc. It’s good to know that everyone is in the same boat and that we are fortunate to have the best support system in the world to get thro

ugh times like these: lifelong camp friends. In your post for 100 days, a suggestion was to write a letter to a friend, but why not write it to my extended family? I know this is more high-tech than a usual letter, but with all this chaos I don’t know if my letter would reach you guys in time, or at all. 

As I sit in my bed listening to old camp alma maters that I’ve sat through for the past 10 summers, I can’t help but reminisce on the most amazing years of my life. Each summer I am taught new lessons and have had the experience to pass down these lessons to those I know. Through all of this madness, camp is seriously the only thing that has ke

pt me going. I truly believe that camp has changed me for the better and there is nothing in the world that could ever change that. I am eternally grateful to my parents meeting at Chipinaw in the 1980s, and will never know a way to repay them for sending me to the best place on earth. 

Last summer was definitely a summer that had many twists and turns. Jumping from being a camper to a counselor was a difficult adjustment, and when I was given the opportunity to be the dance specialist, it was more added weight to an already semi-difficult transition. However, with the help of all of you, the transition was made seamless, and from that day on, I knew that I could count on every person who helped me through the summer.

While looking through the post for counting down 100 days, it made me realize how many ways people can stay connected. I have spoken to all of my camp friends at least once every day, maybe more. To have the ability to stay in contact with them is something that I will never take for granted. These people all serve as my rocks, my stability, and I have you guys to thank for it. The people I have met at camp, near or far, will always be a reminder to me that I will forever be fortunate enough to return to the place I love every summer. The bonds that I’ve made at Chipinaw are ones that I would never trade for the world, and I will continue to share my love for everything this place has ever given me.

Feel free to share this with whomever you guys choose to because I want everyone in the world to know how much I love Chipinaw. I intend to keep my views optimistic, and cannot wait for another amazing summer at my second home. I hope to see you all soon, happy #HomeInAHundred!

With love,
Abby B.

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