Another Day in Paradise

Have you ever heard the song by John Prine called “Paradise?” It’s one that has been around campfires for decades, and the title has been used countless times over the years to describe a summer at Deerhorn. It’s our own paradise. We have staff like Matt Winter who come up here to work on vacation from their full time job. We have kids who describe Deerhorn as their second home. And when you watch the dogs play every day, you realize that they might even be the luckiest among us. I’ve heard it said many times that “When I die, I want to come back as a Deerhorn dog.” But truly, we all are just as lucky as these dogs.  I hope that when your son returns home, he thanks you for giving him this experience. To be allowed to live in a place for a few weeks that is removed from the drama of every day life, cut off from cell phones and TV, and given time to just play and be kids…we are the lucky ones. I think one reason kids liken this place to “paradise” is because it is one of the few places  kids can just be themselves and feel comfortable doing so.  It’s also a place where real life seems suspended, and anything seems possible.

So when I sit down to write about the day, and I think how it was just another day at camp…it’s never “just” another day at camp. Amazing things happen here. Amazing things happened today, things that, as a parent, you wouldn’t believe were possible.  Pioneers learned how to pack a backpack that would carry all of their food and gear for 6 days in the wilderness. Kids learned how to waterski for the first time. Older brothers checked in with younger brothers to make sure they were doing ok. Boys were so busy having fun that they didn’t stop to think about the fact that yesterday they were homesick. Campers played hockey who had never skated before.  They tried the pulled pork for lunch and actually liked it. Teenagers cleaned up their koogee and got a 5 out of 5 on inspection.  Your son might have even taken a shower. All in all, it was just another day in paradise.

8 Responses to “Another Day in Paradise”

  1. Brigid Menz

    Beautifully said Amy.
    We are grateful!
    Thank you Camp Deerhorn,
    Jake’s mom

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    • Amy Broadbridge

      Thanks Brigid! We love Jake! He is such a kind, considerate kid!

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  2. Jen Greco

    Amy – I love this entry and it sums it up! Our boys are so lucky to be at such a special place. Thanks for taking such good care of them and showing them this paradise!! I really wish I could be there too!

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    • Amy Broadbridge

      Thanks Jen! Jack is having a great time. He always has a smile on his face!

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  3. mary clare gourley

    This is such a special place. J.P. looks so happy and regardless of how much we miss him, we know he is having the experience of a lifetime!

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    • Amy Broadbridge

      Thanks! Regardless of my post, I think that picture of JP speaks volumes more than I ever could!

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  4. Vicky Hardesty

    Beautifully written Amy. Didn’t need anymore convincing that Deerhorn is paradise, but it’s always nice to be reminded!

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