Thursday, June 24, 2010

Camp Candlelight

Last week Colin attended Camp Candlelight. This is a week long camp for kids with Epilepsy. Colin was diagnosed with Childhood Absence Epilepsy in January so he was eligible to attend. There were 38 campers and almost as many counselors, staff members, nurses and doctors. I felt very safe sending Colin to Camp Candlelight since I knew he was going to be around people who were specialized in taking care of him! And he was so excited to be going AWAY to summer camp!
So on Sunday June 13, 2010 we packed up Colin and headed 3 hours north to Camp Candlelight. The farther north we headed the cooler the temperatures were...so nice!
Colin was in a room with 8 other campers and 3 counselors. Altogether there were 19 boys and 19 girls. He was able to grab the top bunk and became fast friends with other campers in his room!

Once we got Colin all settled in we still had some time before the parent meeting so we explored the camp. There was a lot of things to see...a fire pit...
...a big white cross...
(I later found out that this camp hosts lots of Christian summer camps as well and I thought that was so cool!) There was even a chapel on site.
There was a gym and a huge field with a ball diamond and goal posts as well as a picnic area and basketball court. They had a beach volleyball court and tether ball too!
And it was all so GREEN! Here in the desert we don't see much of that!


So a week goes by and we head back up to hear all about his fun filled week!

Here is Colin with his counselors and some of his roommates.
He had a BLAST!
Couldn't stop talking about it...
...HORSEBACK RIDING...
...FUN IN THE SUN DAY...
...CARNIVAL...
...BONFIRES WITH S'MORES...
...OUTSIDE CAMP OUT WITH COOKOUT...
...ARCHERY...
...ROCK CLIMBING WALL...
...ARTS & CRAFTS...
...DANCES...
...SPORTS JERSEY NIGHT...
...GOOFY HAT DAY...
...FRIENDS...
...FRIENDS...
&
...MORE FRIENDS...


Colin & Rachel
Apparently he told Rachel that she was "an angel sent from above".
REALLY??? You are 9!!
The last day of camp they had a ceremony and each camper received an 'award'...Colin was awarded the 'SMOOTH OPERATOR' award.

Colin with bunk mates Simon & Robert

Colin had so much fun. We weren't even out of the camp parking lot yet when he was talking about next summer!!

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

What great pictures you got!!! love that he was able to go and enjoy it yet you were able to have the piece of mind while he was there also. That's awesome!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

That is so great. I am so glad that he had a great time and that he made so many friends. No he didn't tell her she was an angel sent from above. LOL Too funny. He is hilarious. Love your hair and that shirt:)

Darcie said...

That is SO wonderful Stacey! How great that they have a camp where he can be around other kids and share stories.

Stacy said...

I am so glad he had a great time!! I am sure he can't wait until next year.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

What an awesome experience! I am so glad that he got to go! PS, you look Saucy {hot} in the pics! I am still loving your new hair cut!!!

Bridget said...

Such great pictures! Glad he had a wonderful week and is already looking forward to next summer!

Robyn said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. I'm so glad he had a blast and it will leave memories in his heart forever.

Lisa said...

So glad to hear he had a good time, the pictures are great. His sweet comment to Rachel probably got him the smooth operator award???

Foursons said...

What a fun time! I don't know if I could send my 9 year old away for a week! They seem so young at 9!!!

sara said...

love the pictures!!! it looks like he had a blast!!

"smooth operator" award? :)

~Laura said...

With that pick-up line, he deserved the "smooth operator award"!

Julie said...

Aww..so glad your "smooth operator" had such a great time!!

Debra Kaye said...

A Smooth Operator indeed! Making some smooth talk with Rachel at 9...wowzer! Look out there Mom! lol

He is just precious!

Big hugs honey!