It was Wednesday morning and I was getting on the bus to go to Camp Kirkwood. The teachers were sending us away to camp for two days where we were going to bebe stuck in the middle of a hurricane. It was a two hour drive, and my buddy was Siya. I was glad to have her, but was also really tired. I didn’t sleep at all. Great. When we got there, it was raining really hard. We had to carry other people’s stuff out of the bus, out of the rain, and under the pavilion. Then, we found our bags, got assigned to our cabins, and carried out stuff to our cabin to unpack. I had to bunk with Ms. Richardson, because everyone already had someone to bunk with . But I didn’t mind. She was very sweet and kind.
Then, we went into the dining hall (I think that was what it was called.) for lunch around 12. If you’re wondering, it was still raining very hard. They served us this turkey and cheese sandwich and chips and water for the first meal. The meals were OK, but there were only three workers in the kitchen, and they did well preparing the food.
Then there were activities because we didn’t come to camp to do nothing. We were there to have fun. So, we met under this huge flagpole, and we got assigned to our groups. I was in group #3, and Jordan, Nia, and Aether were there, so at least I had some friends with me. We did the Kanga jump which was like a huge colorful bouncy pillow that you could jump on, and it wasn’t bad. We had the nicest counselor, and her name was Alana. I think. She was amazing. She had us play this color game. You had to run to a specific color, and if you were last, you were OUT. Okay, that was an over-exaggeration, but it was really fun. And. It. Was. Still. RAINING! I was soaking wet at this point.
We went to the pool later, but we had to do a swim test, which was a little annoying. But it was worth it. I mostly did dives with my friends, and taught myself to run-dive.
We went to our cabins to shower and change, and everyone felt disgusting. The shower water fell on your back really fast, but it wasn’t painful. Then we went to dinner at around 6. They served good pasta the first night and garlic bread and some other things. I sat at Ms. Williams’s table with some other of my cabin-mates.
After dinner, we went back to our cabins to just get ready for bed and just chill until around 9:30. At around 10, we went to sleep. The beds were sandy, but that was our fault. I kept on waking up because of the rain or some weird noise in the night. And I was not alone. Other people woke up like eight times.
When we woke up at like 7 in the morning, we all looked outside the window, (me and my cabin-mates) and it had literally FLOODED right outside our cabin! And it was pretty foggy, too. We had to get ready, so we changed and went to breakfast.
Let’s just skip to the activities. We did the Kanga jump again, which was fun. It wasn’t really raining anymore, and we actually saw blue in the sky! Then we went back to our cabins to change into our swimsuits, and met back at the flag. Then we went to the V-swing, which was SO. FUN. So, basically, your team pulls you up on the rope until you say stop, then you pull a rope towards your chest, and you swing in the air in a V shape. Jordan went, and her face was so funny! Then she started singing, “I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALLLL!” It was so funny. Then we went to the swimming pool again, and it was a lot more fun than last time because it wasn’t raining. After around an hour or so, we got out and went back to change for lunch.I think they served us either hotdogs or pizza, which wasn’t bad.
Then we went back to our cabins to chill, a half an hour later, we went back for dinner, which was ok. Then we went to the flag and one of the counselors (he was very funny) said, “We are going to go to a campfire to do s’mores.” He said it was a time to reflect on what we had learned at camp. It was very muddy on the way there.
When we got to the campfire, the counselors started to sing a pirate song, which was okay. Then we had to get sticks for the s’mores, and a lot of people got up for the actual s’mores, because they were called up. And the definition of that was UTTER. AND. COMPLETE. CHAOS. It was so loud and I could not hear the counselors. But it was all worth it. What was fun was that I set my marshmallow on fire several times. I know, but it was still cool. When we headed back, the road felt so much faster. Then we went back to our cabins and showered, got ready for bed, etc.
The next morning was pretty much the same as the night before. We got up, and got ready. But the thing that was different was that we had to pack up to go home. Then we went to breakfast. We had waffles and Chex mix again. But it wasn’t bad.
Today, I was canoeing, zip line, and Gaga Ball. And get to see a pig! But I’ll tell you about that later. First was canoeing. We went to the side of the flood/lake and two of the counselors were there. And there was this adorable little girl who was one of the counselor’s daughter. She was so cute! After the counselors explained everything to the group, we got into pairs of four and got life jackets on. The counselor said that we had to wear them, no matter how long we have been swimming. I don’t blame her, it was a safety thing. And there was another group with us, too. I was paired up with Jordan, Aether, and Nia. Then we got in a canoe, and set out on the water. I was in the front and Jordan was in the back, and we were both paddling. Aether and Nia were in the middle. We just paddled for around 55 minutes, then had to head back and back and go to the zip line.
We had to get gear on and the counselors had to explain the rules. She said that if we step out of line, we would miss our turn. And I thought, “Okay, I’m never moving.” It looked really fun. And I was paired up with Emma Asnani, aka my BFF. When it was my turn, I had to climb up this rope net thingy, and get hooked to the big wire thing. And then I had to climb up another ladder, which was fun. Then I had to get hooked again to the wire thingy. I wasn’t nervous because I had done this before at Camp Hanes. And I made a will to Emma that if I died, she could have my archery bow, my gear and my lessons. And she said back, “If I die, then you can have my softball lessons, and my gear, my iPad, and my room. And I had also promised to sing Karma by Taylor Swift with her on the way down. Then we jumped off. We started screaming, then I heard her practically SCREAMING Karma and I thought, “Oh, shoot I gotta sing it.” Then I started screaming, too. But I could hardly find the voice to sing it. It was really fun though.
After the zip line we went to the Gaga pit and saw the most adorable pig named Bubbles. He was just sunbathing, and none of us got to really pet him. Or her. Then we went to the Gaga pit to play for a while. It was really fun, but some people were kind of cheating. And I got out like A LOT.
Then we went to lunch, our last meal of the whole time we were there. They served us hot dogs which were really good. Lunch was all about “eat just enough so that you have energy for the rest of the day until dinner. But we weren’t having dinner that time because we were heading back home on another sleepless 2 hour bus ride BACK to the middle school.
After lunch, we got our stuff and headed to the pavilion to find out which bus we were going to be on. I was in number 2, with Jordan. I was so glad that I had her with me. I had to carry my stuff to the bus which at this point was very heavy. But I finally got on the bus and sat down and Jordan sat next to me, which I was very thankful for. She had like a million fidget toys with her in her bag, which was good. On the way back I played with her toys for a while, Thia gave me this really creepy book which I really liked a lot.
Finally we pulled into the middle school and one of the teachers said, “This is the middle school. Remember?” And I thought, ”Yeah, I remember.” We all got out of the bus, and the teachers literally threw our bags on the sidewalk. I didn’t blame them. They were probably tired. I waited for a little while, searching for my mom’s car, and I finally found it and rushed over. I threw my bag in the back, and got in. It had been a fun time, especially the V-swing. Even though it rained and flooded a lot, my grade and teachers still try to make the best of it as a community. That made it a lot better.