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A lone water bottle (without a name) has been sitting on the back porch of the Big Spring Office for the past two weeks. I first noticed it just before dawn on Closing Day and have been watching it ever since. I should pick it up and send it through the dish machine and put it in the great pile of anonymous water bottles we keep around to loan to future campers. But I haven’t moved it, because in some small way, that water bottle reminds me of the great summer we just experienced.
Who knows where that water bottle has been? Did it sustain its owner on a climb to the summits of Mt. Elbert and Massive? Or did it travel to the Puma Hills in a saddlebag? Did it sit beside its owner at Sunday Rocks or backpack along the Colorado Trail?
That’s the way it is with Lost and Found.
Even though all the campers and staff (and most of their stuff) left on Closing Day, we continue to find physical reminders throughout the year, and often they make us smile. How did that baseballcap get on the roof of Ponderosa? Whose sierra cup is underneath the sink at the Big Spring Chalet? Why is there a dirty t-shirt under the driver’s seat in Van 106? When did the single Chaco get left in the High Trails Pool House (and did its owner even miss it?) Many, many minor mysteries.
I sometimes wonder if there is a sock somewhere, hidden in some forgotten nook, from each year of camp. We found a few of them when we tore down the tents on HKL Ridge and built new ones. Unfortunately Carbon 14 dating did not work, and, in our experience a sock which may have been left in 1960 looks much like a sock left in 2008 after a year or two. So we’ll never know…But, to be honest, with the remarkable number of single socks we do find on Closing Day and during the weeks following, odds are really good that there is at least one we have missed every year. We did find a couple of really ancient towels when we renovated the STUW Ridge washhouse a few years back. They were so disgusting that even Jerry did not want to keep them as an historical display. And speaking of washhouses, we always find a lot of shampoo, shower gel, and toothpaste on the day after camp. It is the unopened ones that worry me.
And so the Cycle of Camp continues. Campers come and campers go, but most of them leave something to remind us of their presence—water bottle, sierra cup, sock, toothpaste. And it all brings back great memories.-Jane Sanborn- Taken from this month’s Alum E-News. To subscribe, please email Jane@SanbornWesternCamps.com and request to be added to our monthly Alum News Update.
A wise woman once said, “Almost everyone who comes to camp leaves a small part of themselves–usually a sock or some underwear.”
At the end of summer, there is always a pile of camper belongings left at camp.
This is an expensive waste for our campers (and their parents!) As a way to target the problem of lost belongings and a large lost and found closet, we are encouraging our campers to label all belongings.
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We look forward to sending campers home with ALL their belongings this summer!