Jun. 16th, 2017

sareini: (ringu)
1. Have you ever been to summer camp?

2. If so, was it fun or did you hate it?

3. If not, did you ever wish you had?

4. What movie says "Summer Time" to you?

5. Did movies like "Friday the 13th" put you off summer camp?

1. Summer camp isn't really a thing here in the UK - or at least it wasn't when I was growing up. Now they have PGL stuff for kids and families to go to, which is where my younger niece worked for a couple of years before buggering off to Australia with her boyfriend for two years.

I went to Guide camp a few times though. Mostly weekend stuff; I made it most of the way through a week-long camp once.

2. I did my best to enjoy myself; however the very first time I went on a weekend camp I broke into hysterics for no discernible reason on the Saturday night. When I got back I discovered that my father had been taken into hospital on the Saturday evening, and that was were he stayed for the next week until he died of cancer. So after that I developed a bad case of magical thinking - something bad will happen while I'm away from home. Which tended to put a damper on things. Plus I tended to be bullied, which didn't improve matters much. If I'd been left to my own devices a little more and we'd all understood why I'd develop a growing level of panic as the week went on, I'd probably have had a lot more fun.

3. Honestly, if I could do it over? I'd not have gone. Not because of fears of people dying, but because I was trying to do "normal" things to make other people happy, like socialising with people I didn't really like and doing things I didn't want to do. Now, of course, I know that there are better things I can do for that that don't involve sleeping in a tent with 4 strangers and having to do washing up on the ground next to a patch of nettles (ask me about my allergy to Sting-Eze after that!)

4. ...this is a question I've never thought of before. The first movie that comes to mind for it is Grease; I think more because of the fact that it seemed to be on TV every summer holiday when I was growing up.

5. If any horror movie was going to have put me off summer camp, it would have been Sleepaway Camp. Not because of the murders, but because of all the horrible, bullying kids there.

(From here.)

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