Malia Obama will trade the White House for a cabin this Summer as she heads to sleepaway camp for the first time. The 12-year-old first daughter will be away from home for a month, joined by the familiar company of several Secret Service agents. This sounds like a plot for a Disney movie.
Spending time away from your family at camp is a coming-of-age experience. Last weekend I caught This American Life's notes on Summer camp. On the NPR radio program, adults shared memories of camp days gone by, and kids explained how their noncamp friends and family could never understand that camp was the most important thing in their lives — ever.
I am definitely a camp person: as a Girl Scout, I spent Summers at overnight camps and loved all the songs I learned, the counselors I admired, and the friends I made. If you went to sleepaway camp, what good experiences do you recall?