There’s something about going away to camp that creates bonds that are seemingly unbreakable. Camp friends are the kind a person keeps for life, and a big part of those relationships always seems to come back to the inside jokes that come from eating, sleeping and playing in close quarters with the same people day after day. Sure, those kind of jokes don’t make sense to anyone else, but that’s what makes them so great.
The staff at Hidden Valley Camp in Granite Falls, Washington, recently created a set of eight buttons that had the Beaver staff scratching their heads. Clearly a little more explanation was necessary.
Ned Harrison, Assistant Director of the camp, says of the buttons, “These buttons will be used this summer to divide Hidden Valley Camp into Fun Day teams. Fun Day happens on the first Saturday of each session. It is a break from the regular schedule and an opportunity for campers to spend additional time with kids and staff outside of their tent groups.”
Past Fun Day activities have included water-balloon toss, fun run, cracker/whistle relay, robotic hamster races, hula hoop challenge, rubber chicken dunk, balloon stomp, and one of the most popular activities, shaking a parachute filled with hundreds of table-tennis balls.
So what about the buttons themselves? Ned went on to explain that “each souvenir button celebrates a fun fact or peculiar tradition unique to our camp.”
Sure, that doesn’t explain exactly what a “kiskies” are, or why the “purdy is chill,” but the thing about a good camp joke is that even if you explain it to somebody, if you weren’t there, you just won’t get it.
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