Posts Tagged ‘Graphite Bible Camp’

I came across some old camp photos, and was feeling a little nostalgic.  I have so many good memories of camp- both that I’ve worked at, but especially GBC.  The last three weeks of the summer were always the overnight camps, and Youth Camp was amazing because it fell at the end of the summer, after I had spend a whole 9 weeks there as a counsellor.

Now, when I went to camp we didn’t have any of these fancy digital cameras; we had film cameras where you might get 24-27 shots a roll.  And, when you have a roll to last a week, you have to use the pics sparingly.  Going through my banquet pics, I kept seeing essentially the same pic, over and over.  I found lots of other great pics, but I can’t post because, even narrowing down the banquet pics into 7 categories was hard enough!

So, here are SEVEN SHOTS you have to GET at the CAMP BANQUET:

J1.  Well, first you have to get a pic with your date:  Before the days of IMG_0604Facebook/texting, a pic is all you would have of your “special someone” to tide you over for the year.  Or, if you didn’t have a date, you could work really hard to get a pic of your crush. I would post some of those ones, but then my secrets would be revealed!  Your date can include anyone who you went with to the banquet, it didn’t have to be a cute boy.  But, it’s oh so much better when it is!

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2.  You’re Special to Me- Aside from your date,IMG_0612 there are probably many people who played a big part in making your week awesome.  That could be  friend, a camper, a staff member, your team, your dorm room- people who you would want to remember.  I used to have all my camp pics in my planner at school and spent many nostalgic moments looking back at those people with such fondness.  In fact, most of the pics I have of my best friend and I together are camp pics!

IMG_05753. The Girls- I loved counselling overnights.  I always got my polyester fix!  Pics of large groups of your friends are always awesome- and it usually seems like one or more will default to the Charlie’s Angels pose. IMG_0582

4. The Boys- Who wouldn’t want a pic of all the swoon-worthy guys from the summer.  Lol, or at least to make the boys feel swoon worthy… There is something about guys dressed up that is surprising and exciting to the female race.  Add a pensive hand gesture… and we’re yours!  Aw- and the guy counsellors don’t disappoint.  Look how daper they look!  IMG_0662

IMG_05735. The Leg Pic- for some reason this became a tradition- although scandalous for Bible Camp!  Here are several variations of this trend over the years…   IMG_0627IMG_0590

IMG_05866.  Awkward Group Shots- Again, since you had one camera with one roll of film, most shots would be a one time deal.  You didn’t stop, check the flash, look to see if everyone is smiling.  You take one shot and hope for the best.  This makes for some great awkward shots!  I love the big pic- you have a few girls unimpressed, a couple trying to look cute, friends gathered around, Charles in the back by himself, and Adam and I looking cute up front.  IMG_0618

7. Boy Shinnanigans- Boys will be Boys- and on banquet night, they tend to want to show off for the ladies…  IMG_0596IMG_0581

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7.  The Tuck Shop -Hands down the best place to get your sugar fix and to get to know the campers.  I miss my Salt and Vinegar Crew (made up of 10 year old boys) and all the 5 cent candies (including the pears and strawberries which you can never find outside of camp!)

ImageAmes and I at the Banquet 2001

6.  The People- from Boyd and Patti, without two of the most hardworking and genuine people you’ll ever meet, to my now best friends, special people I’ve met along the way and instantly bonded with forever, to the campers, (a few who have become dear friends and “little sisters”) the bonds made at this camp are more than you could have even hope for in a lifetime.

5.  Prayer time- I loved from 9:00-9:10ish, where we would divide into small groups of 2-3 and pray for the camp, for the weather, for God to move.  For those ten-ish minutes all you could hear was all this chatter, but the cool thing was it was all to chatter to God about our common goal and desire for the camp;  An indescribable and amazing feeling and sense of purpose.

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4.  The Movie Skit (and other crazy adventures)- from lactose intolerant volcanoes, to the time Sarah P, Kelly and I got to run quiz, to serious dramas- I had so much fun and gained so much confidence by being involved in this side of camp.  And the tears streaming down your face from laughing so hard has to be the best feeling in the world.

3.  The orange tube.  Need I say more?

 2. Wide games/mud pit- Again- no explanation needed- and when the two of these were combined.  Genius

1. The Lake (and Slippery Rock!)  If I had to pick my absolute favourite place in the world- it would be Graphite Lake.  So many fun water games, quiet times, good chats, sunbathing (with Sabrina!)  and always the epic battleship game with the teens.

Team Aunt Em and Uncle Adam

Team Aunt Em and Uncle Adam

This is not an extensive list.  Campfires, Box Head, Star Gazing, The buses arriving, Epic Pranks, Weekends, Trips to Town, Dressing up for Banquets…. all memories I’ll hold in my heart forever!

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