Stories from campers...
I got a letter in my mail when I was in the sixth grade to go to some place called Camp Two Sentinels. I had no idea what it was like there. I went to the early registration and signed up. It was camp! I had never been to sleep-a-way camp before. I got to camp and I had a wonderful time! It was the best camp experience that I have ever had! So then the next year I had my mom sign me up again! It was the 75th anniversary the next time around. Although I had to shovel snow, I had an amazing time with my unit!
This past year was great because we pulled an amazing prank! We tied up six canoes and tied them to the swimming docks. I was one of the four lucky girls to go out on the lake (AT NIGHT!) and tie up all of the canoes! This was also my first time hiking up the sentinels! It was the longest hike ever! But it was worth it for the breathtaking view at the top. All three years I have been a Gypsy. Now, its time for me to become a Docker. I will always come back for those eight days of freedom. --Sierra
I had been a little homesick. This was my second year. I was having trouble sleeping but then I heard people singing. It was calming and I fell asleep fast. I loved that night and I knew I loved the camp. It was my home in or out of camp. --Lily
I got a postcard in the mail two years ago for a camp called Two Sentinels. I had never heard of it and didn't even know how they got my name. I'm so glad they did though, because I went and had the time of my life. My counselors were fab, everything we did was amazing, and I really felt "wow! I can be myself here."
I love all the traditions, especially serenading, because it reminds me every night of how much everyone at camp cares about me. I have the courage to try new things now, because of camp. And the best part was the counselors and friends I'd met the year before coming up to me and saying "Hey, you're Claire, right? I'm so glad you came back!" Camp is the most amazing place in the whole world. Camp is my home. --Claire
Stories from parents...
My 17-year-old daughter has been coming to camp since she was a Waterbug and loves it. Two Sentinels has a restorative quality for her. After an especially tough year in 7th grade, she was really dragging. The week she spent in Rovers brought her back to her lively, joyful self. She feels so strongly about camp that she spent a week last summer working on her Girl Scout Silver Project there, repairing decking on the staff house. She looks forward every year to singing camp songs, participating in all the fun in camp, backpacking in the beautiful high Sierra, enjoying the sense of adventure and freedom, and seeing her fellow campers and the wonderful staff. --Julie
My eldest daughter is off to be a Waterbug for the first time this year (session 3 2013). We were excited for her and she was excited to go... no tears at bus drop off just action... jumping on the bus... I did and do find myself wondering how she is doing, what was the first night like, is she having fun? But the thing that I don't think our family expected was that it feels like a limb is missing... we keep wondering where she is and what she is up to. It changes the dynamics of the family not having the oldest sibling at home. It has made me realize that while several years off... she will soon head out to University and start her life as a young adult and be gone from the home... that makes me sad... stop growing up so fast! BUT... enjoy camp and enjoy the new friends and experiences and your sisters and mum and dad are eagerly awaiting your return to hear all about your adventures! --Mary
Stories from volunteers...
I'm fond of saying that Two Sentinels is my favorite place in this or any universe, and it's true. People who know me "down the hill" can vouch for me- I spend A LOT of time talking about how amazing camp is. The site itself is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever been, but what really makes it magical are all the amazing people, both campers and staff, that make up the Two Sentinels family. I first went to camp when I was 12, and even though it was my first time going away from home for more than a sleepover, and even though I didn't know a single soul there, all my fears vanished the second I got on that bus and met the awesome girls I was going to be spending the week with. I knew as soon as I got to camp that this place was my heart's true home, and I can't imagine my life without that week every year of friends, nature, song, and laughter. If you're reading this and you've been to Two Sentinels, I want to thank you for being part of my camp family, and if you're reading this and you haven't been to Two Sentinels, I hope to see you there someday. We'll be keeping a spot by the campfire warm for you. --Cuomo