Camp in summer – check. Camp in winter – check. Camp for Thanksgiving? What an intriguing idea!
When the email from Incarnation Camp first came across my desk announcing the first ever Thanksgiving at camp, I realized that it was, for me, a perfect time to try it out. Its camp, after all, so what’s the worst thing that could happen? Two days of peace and quiet along Bushy Hill Lake, darn it!
And of course, there was no reason to worry – it was a wonderful event! The staff really gave this some thought and provided us with just the right mix of relaxation and activities like making gingerbread houses, doing arts and crafts, and getting outside and into the activities center. I enjoyed hiking around Bushy Hill Lake (twice!), remembering how to make lanyards (poorly!), recalling camp songs long forgotten and roasting marshmallows over a campfire.
The food is always delicious at the Lodge, but Thanksgiving dinner was really superb—made better no doubt by the fact that I didn’t have to do anything. Between what the kitchen staff baked and what the guests brought, I think there were at least 15 pies and desserts of all kinds!
It was wonderful to watch camp families reunite at a place that means so much to them. Of special meaning to me was meeting the Hudson family, especially Gabriella Christians and her lovely daughter Arianna, a current camper. I’d never met Gabriella but had heard wonderful things about her. Best of all was unexpectedly reuniting in person (rather than on Facebook) with my long ago camper Liz Van Cleef, and meeting her family. I hadn’t seen Liz since 1975! As the song says, I made new friends and kept the old.
My hat’s off to the Incarnation Center staff for coming up with the great idea to host a Thanksgiving guest period, and for pulling it off so wonderfully. Incarnation Camp means so many things to so many people, but at Thanksgiving Incarnation truly is a great place that we can all call “home” for a few days.