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Alisa Welch learned valuable lessons at 4-H summer camp in Salem, Oregon, from 1984-86. She learned how to etch the Duran Duran logo into glass, how to touch her head-shoulders-knees-and-toes and that relationships formed at camp rarely translate into the real world. But the lesson she did not learn was how to pee while the whole camp was listening (or so it seemed). After attending Camp Capers for four long years, Sarah Thurmond went to tennis camp at San Antonio's Trinity University (where she experienced her first wet kiss) and Newk's Tennis Ranch outside New Braunfels, Texas, (where she was awarded "Most Improved Player"). The fact she remembers the kiss and not winning the award doesn't mean the kiss was the more exciting moment of her young life. Frank Fusco's writing of this article (on the film Little Darlings) rekindled his love for Kristy McNichol and he recently bought the 1974 ABC Afterschool Special Me & Dad's New Wife, starring Kristy on eBay. Besides this obsession, he's an advertising art director by day and a documentary director at night. (For more, check out www.hitidepictures.com.) Drew Chilton was a camper at Nature Camp from 1980 to 1984 and a counselor there in 1990. He too learned many valuable lessons such as how to orient himself in the woods and how to cut in line at the canteen. He never got over camp and made many lifelong friends there. Most of them never got over camp either. Raffaela Battiloro, resides in Staten Island, New York. She works in the real estate field in NYC and her hobbies include skiing, traveling and now tennis. Writing is a pastime that she attempts on occasion. Melanie Parker recently hung up her log name tag and now attends college in Portland, Oregon. She has two little campers of her own, Beckett and Simon.
A big thank you to Paul A. Thompson of New York City for hosting our site. Thanks to all of our readers who contributed their camp photos and memories. Also a big thanks to Brittany Anderson, Sarah B. the model and our parents who sent us to camp in the first place. Thanks for reading!
Our Readers' Summer Camp Memories :: My Little Darling :: Summer Camp Fashion Spread :: Photo Essay: The Pines :: Who Says You Can Never Go Back To Camp? Q&A With Author Seth Davis :: Horsing Around in Brooklyn :: Confessions of A 30-Year-Old Camp Counselor :: Tennis Camp, Anyone?