I’ve always heard stories about summer camp, but it was nothing like people had described. You see, I was the dance coordinator at Tamarak Day Camp. Charizma Entertainment has been involved with the camp for the past 15 years. My original partner and mother of 2, Leslie Maxie, started the relationship and now I carry the torch. Being my first time to watch up close of what a well-oiled machine you need to make camp happen was simply amazing.
From the bus drop, line up, activities, outing, sleepover, and end of the day Lucia, Dave and the staff have created a pretty sweet place to be in the summer. Coming into the Front gate, the people are friendly and helpful to the staff and visiting guests. It’s so great to start your day with that kind of sunshine. Once I’m through the gate, the symphony of hellos and good mornings are always the way to start your day.
I have groups of campers from Munchkins to A B C and D group that come thru my work area. As you know music moves us in all different ways. The top 5 most requested songs for this summer were:
- Despacito Remix – by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee ft Justin Bieber
- How Far I’ll Go(Alessia Cara version) – by Alessia Cara (The Movie Moana)
- Can’t Stop The Feeling – by Justin Timberlake (The Movie Trolls)
- Shake It Off – by Taylor Swift
- Party in the U.S.A. – by Miley Cyrus
The best moments were when I watched the little campers get way into the music. Singing, dancing and smiling with each other having a great time. But I have to say, the biggest impression made on me was from the camp counselors. So many times I hear that this generation (Millennials) doesn’t care about anything but themselves. NOT TRUE. All summer I watched repeatedly their commitment, patient, love, and support for their campers. Making them laugh when they cry, listen to them attentively and holding them as if they were their own children.
As a parent who has watched my twin girls grow up spending summer at Tamarak Day Camp, I can see now how they have flourished as people and young women. With such caring and support that allow kids to be themselves and grow in a safe and fun environment. The community inside the gates makes life seem simple in a world that is sometimes not so. Thank you, again I had a great time at camp, can’t wait to see what next year brings.