Camp Calvary

December 1, 2009

CampCalvary

I suppose some kids looked forward to going to summer camp. We dreaded it like the plague.

Every summer we got shipped off to Camp Calvary for boys grades third and up. Things quickly always turned into a “Lord Of The Flies” scenario with the oldest kids ruling fiefdoms they carved out for themselves during the week. It could be pretty tense if you found yourself on the bottom of the food chain.

Mom always send a quilt for us to sleep under which was kinda weird since it was the middle of August, but I kept it pulled over my head and sweated all night because that was far better than having the rats that were running up and down the rafters (I was always on a top bunk next to the rafters) from running up and down me all night.

Every afternoon we would walk barefoot down a rocky road to the creek to have a swim. It was a pretty scary walk since we knew that waiting for us in the water were snakes. The older kids would take turns standing on the bank and watching out for them. I still remember the time a water moccasin began circling around a kid, he grabbed it by the tail and slung it away from him and into a crowd of other kids which sent everyone screaming out of the creek. Going for an afternoon swim was just like participating in the Baton Death March.

Camp Calvary did have a snack bar that was open every day and you could buy ALL THE CANDY YOU WANTED! Of course, poor money management usually made that pleasure come to an end the first day.

We drove by Camp Calvary this weekend on our way back home for Thanksgiving. They’ve made a lot of improvements since our camping days… but I bet it doesn’t put the fear of God in you like it did back in the old days. We were always thankful just to make it out alive.

The Comments

Doug Jones

My two memories of Camp C are taking pajamas with me the first time I went, and seeing that everyone else was sleeping in their undies. My PJs stayed in the suitcase that week. Yes I said suitcase… backpacks and duffle bags had not been invented yet… unless you went to the army surplus store. The best year was when one boy opened his suitcase and it was FILLED with comic books! I don’t remember if I had ever read comic books before that point, but I read them every chance I got that week… ahhhh… memories….

Dennis Jones

…I think one year Mom and Dad sent us to camp with aluminum cots to sleep on… which the guys on the top bunks would jump down on to get out of bed… which broke them immediately… so a lumpy week of sleep on those broken cots…

Don Jones

Yes indeed, on that broken down aluminum cot debacle. I always felt closer to God after hiking a mile, straight uphill for the evening service. The outdoor chapel was more of a rest and recovery station By the time you caught your breath and the sweat had subsided it was time for the decent… TO THE SNACK BAR!!

Jeff

Bummer for you…. We loved going to church camp.. and now our kids do ..sorry to hear that.

Dennis Jones

…no problem, Jeff …it made the Brothers Jones what we are today! …warped.

Don Jones

Every time I ingest massive amounts of snacks…. it’s a spiritual experience…

Dennis Jones

…you are on a higher spiritual plane than most of the rest of us…

Doug Jones

… and we got to play HORSESHOES! How incredibly low-tech can you get?

Doug Jones

… and I made such a contribution to the place that they put my name on the sign! Thanks for not blocking it out.

Don Jones

Back on that river swimming fiasco, I do remember that it was IMPERATIVE that everyone utilize the “buddy” system while in the drink. It’s important that you have a designated buddy covering your back for sneak water moccasin attacks… There was no swimming… all us scared little boys just formed a circle and sort of tread water until it was time to get out. I think it was a camp conspiracy by the counselors to get us to “wash up”…

Dennis Jones

…hey, it was the middle of August and it was a dorm full of boys… of course they were trying to get us to take a bath…

Nik

I loved my church camp back in the day. One of my all time favorite camp movies is Earnest Goes to Camp.

Doug Jones

Remember the year you took your Dremel to camp? You carved that ornate design on the back of a pew. You were an early pioneer of pew tattoos.

Don Jones

Seems I remember a couple of car crashing, drink and driving videos in the sanctuary

Dennis Jones

…I do believe they were trying to scare the H-E- double broken hockey sticks out of us… for our own good, of course…

Dennis Jones

…I must apologize for using that strong language in my last comment… I did learn it at church camp, though…

Don Jones

We got quite the edukashun while attending church camp… but nothing compared to those Royal Ambassador float trips!

Doug Jones

Hey, how about giving Peyton this week off. He really needs to rest up some doncha think?

Dennis Jones

…GO COATS!

Don Jones

Where’s SPAM MAN when you need him??!!

Spam Man

…been knocking ‘em down here all morning, but as far as your page goes… you’re on your own, dude… that’s just the way Spam Man roles these days… might need to fire the almighty Keegan spotlight into the night time sky…

Doug Jones

So far I have correctly answered two questions on the comments pages… I think I am ready for Jeopardy!

Dennis Jones

…hey, I’ve really enjoyed watching Vince Young create magic on the football field for the last 5 weeks… to bad that has to come to an end this weekend… GO COATS…

Jeff

Ok now I have to take a pop quiz to post on Bro Jones? I did not study

Jeff

Yup 2 in a row….woo hoo……………..

Jeff

Yur makin me feel all smart and stuff

Spam Man

…hello upstanding citizen. The Mighty Spam Man here. Dennis and Donzle got totally pounded with spam today, so in order to combat the evil SpamBots, we are having to do some things a bit differently around these parts now…

Don Jones

U.S. Presidents for $100, Alex…

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