How to not get caught sneaking out after curfew

20 Jul

Time for another summer camp story.  Back when I was 13 I started working during the summer at Camp-of-the-Woods.  I worked there for six summers.  I came away from there with a greater sense of independence and a bunch of awesome stories.  My last summer working there, I was a Boat Guy.  What does that mean?  Basically it means I was a slave to a girls camp on the island in the middle of the lake, I gave sailing and boating lessons to people who probably had no business being out on the water, and I taught waterskiing.  I also learned that if you look like you are on official business, people will leave you alone.  Part of catering to the island’s every whim entailed carrying  a radio to be at their beck and call 24 hours a day.  While I hated having to carry the radio, it did have its uses.  My buddies and I loved late night boat rides and hanging out on the lake smoking cigars.  What better way to accomplish this than to leave our bunk house at midnight walking right past the curfew checkers and explaining that you were needed on the island and your buddies were going along to watch for rocks, logs, etc?  Nine times out of ten they didn’t have a radio, so there was no way for them to check up on us.

So kids what can we learn from this?

  1. Sneaking out after curfew is fun.
  2. Hanging out at night in the middle of a lake on a brand new ski boat is awesome.
  3. If you look like you are on official business, you probably won’t get caught.
  4. Make sure no one talks.
It’s that last one that will make or break you.

2 Responses to “How to not get caught sneaking out after curfew”

  1. The Good Greatsby July 20, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    This is the summer camp experience I always wanted. Sounds perfect.

    • e. rumsey July 20, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      It really was perfect. I know I will complain about having to serve the island, but the perks made up for it. As part of our having to teach waterskiing, we had to go skiing ourselves for a few hours each week. That’s not out on the boat time, that’s waterskiing time. Waterskiing for 3 hours is a LOOOOONG time. It was a ton of fun going out with a bunch of friends and co-workers waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, etc.

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