Last week I went to Wonderland Camp. It was a hot, fun,
incredibly adventurous week. I saw my old friends Dustin, Scott, Faith, Angie,
Mary, Morgan, Aaron, Hope, Ashley, Dawn, Lena (yes, there was another Lena in
my cabin), Colleen, Toby, Al, and Alena.
I also made new friends Katie, Ellen, Jennifer, Cole, Jade, and
Victoria. Along with the awesome camp counselors, there were also new
volunteers this year. Most of them were very nice but one was less enthusiastic
about camp; (I won’t say the name). I hung out with the nice ones anyway. On
Sunday, we had the pool party. The water was ice cold but it was fun. Beach
balls were flying and Toby brought out the water guns. Everyone was goofing
around, getting soaked. It was so much fun!
On Monday, we had Rec, Nature, Arts and Crafts, and Game
Room in the morning. In Rec, we got on the field and kicked around soccer
balls. I was actually good at kicking. I almost kicked a ball in a goal. In
Arts and Crafts, we tie-dyed our camp shirts. I made mine red and blue with a
spiral. In Nature, we went up into the tree house and told stories. I like it
in the tree house. It’s cool to look down and see nothing but green. In the
game room, I just hung out and listened to the jukebox.
Later that afternoon, it was pool time. I went on the splash
pad. The splash pad is like a mini water park with all types of sprinklers and
hoses. They ran me through it while I sat in a shower chair. It was a
blast! I became obsessed with the splash
pad and went there during pool time for the rest of the week.
On Monday evening, we had karaoke. I danced and hung out
with Dustin, Scott, Cole, and Faith. I also sang Avril Lavigne’s “Don’t Tell
Me”. The night rocked! I love my camp friends!!
On Tuesday, we had Nature, Music, and Game Room. In Nature,
we had a treasure hunt and walked down a trail. The trail seemed never-ending
but it was great. The wooded, rocky area that we were in reminded me of a
colorful, magical forest from one of my fantasy stories. In Music, we sat
underneath the parachute and sang camp songs. With everyone from my cabin under
it, it looked like a big but crowded circus tent. Then in the game room, I
played a computer game.
Later that evening, we had a movie night. We watched a movie
called “Heavyweights”. It was about some kids who go to fat camp and have to
stand up to the mean camp director. It was funny, just a cute Disney
movie. I ate the popcorn too for
once. It tasted delicious.
On Wednesday, we went to the water front in the morning to
ride the boat. The boat ride was bumpy and relaxing. I almost dozed off again.
Then on the way back to the cabin, I had a slight mishap. My back wheel fell
off and lost its screw. I was not happy at all but they fixed it.
Later that afternoon, we had Arts and Crafts and Music. In
Arts and Crafts, we painted wind chimes. Then we got to draw anything that we
wanted. I drew pictures of witches and Freddy Krueger. I’m strange, what can I
say? In Music, we practiced for the talent show.
Later that evening, it was the talent show. There were a lot
of entertaining skits and songs. For our group talent, we did a skit where we
acted like we were on “America’s Got Talent”. Three of us were the judges,
while some of us danced, some of us sang, and some of us played instruments. I
sang in the skit. For my individual talent, I read a poem that I wrote called
“Unmask the Witch”. I like reading my stuff aloud at camp. I’m less nervous and
it’s fun. I always love the talent show but this year there was the most
hilarious skit ever! Two campers had a pretend wedding. The bride danced down
‘the aisle’ and Toby acted as ‘the minster’. Goofy Toby started ‘the ceremony’
with “When I think of marriage, I think of Donkey Kong…” Their pretend vows were like, “Promise to
sit by each other at meals…Promise to dance at the dance.” Then they exchanged
fanny packs and hugged. Everyone was laughing so hard.
On Thursday, it was open activities. In Nature, we shot BB
guns. I shot a BB by myself once. I didn’t hit the target but it felt cool to
pull the trigger on my own. In Music, we learned some new dances. In Beauty
Shop, the girls got ready for the dance. I got my nails painted purple and my
hair spiked up into a Mohawk. I wore a white and black top, my favorite pair of
skinny jeans, my black shoes, and dark make-up.
Later, after a cool candlelit dinner, the dance started.
Lights were twirling and music was booming throughout the dinning hall. I
danced with everyone but the one dance that I’ll always remember is the one
with Scott. With help from Faith, he took me out of my chair and slow danced
with me. We danced as our friends watched and took pictures. This might sound
dorky but I felt like a princess for a few moments. I don’t get to slow dance
often so that was very special to me. Scott, you’re such a good friend. Thank
you. The dance was amazing!
On Friday, it was awards. I got the “Cool Sunglasses Queen”
award because I traded sunglasses with Dustin and I always wore them. Then
after awards, we played bingo. Scott helped me. When my parents got there,
Scott and Dustin walked with me to my cabin and hugged me goodbye. Last week
was wonderful. Though Fridays are bittersweet, I know that Wonderland Camp will
always be there. The next time that I’m there, I’ll have even more
Hi, my name is Lena Holdman. I'm 31 years old. I'm an unique, fun, and a very imaginative person. I'm a writer: a poet and an aspiring author. I'm working on a young adult novel, which I hope to get published in the future. I also post short stories and poetry online. I love writing, it's my passion! I've been writing short stories since I was 9 and poetry since I was 13. I have cerebral palsy and I'm in a wheelchair but I believe that there's no such thing as "disabled", only different ways of living. I've been published in such anthologies as "Make Some Noise II", World Poetry Movement's "Stars In Our Hearts", and Story Write's "Page Dancers".