MTC Blog

Bells and Friends

This post is contributed by Joe Mankowski, MTC Camper'05,'06,'07,'08,'09 & Staff Member'11

joenikkiThey say time flies when you’re having fun… but here at camp there is no time, there are only bells, bells that ring within a blink of an eye. How has it been already an entire session? How has an entire community of strangers become one of the single most treasured memories in my heart? I don’t know, and it seems as though I never will.

I was a camper here for five years and have finally returned to be apart of the staff… to be apart of the great group of people who make this place a bubble. Now, I have lived both sides to the story and I am still in awe at how different life functions within the perimeter of Maine Teen Camp. It takes years, back at home, to make a best friend: to trust, to care, to love. Here at camp it’s been only one session and I have yet again, met people I can’t imagine my life without. One month here is like a decade out in the real world and I believe it’s partially do to with the fact that we are all “unplugged.”

7160_072511 MTC_cspWithout laptops, cellphones and electronics for our minds and thumbs to dance upon, we have no choice but to be present in camp. It’s a vacation away from more than just home; it’s a chance to be away from ourselves…

I have spent one month here, a month away from my daily routine, and I can already see a change in myself. I wake up to the sound of a bell, not the screeching beep of an alarm clock and by the time I’ve rubbed the sleep out of my eyes I’m laying down again for bed.

It seems like yesterday I was waking up to get ready and meet my campers, but today marks the last activity day of the session. How has it been already an entire session? How has an entire community of strangers become one of the single most treasured memories in my heart? I don’t know, and it seems as though I never will…

But There is No Place I’d Rather Be…

--Joe Mankowski ('05,'06,'07,'08,'09 & '11)

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