It’s Not “Good-bye”, It’s “See You Later”
By Noa Billick
As session 1 rolls to a close, campers begin to pack up their big duffel bags and prepare to head home, while others get excited about starting session 2. Seeing that Camp North Star Maine sign at the Verrill Road entrance generates a sense of happiness in our hearts and excitement in our bones. But for those campers who are leaving at this time of the summer, it’s important to learn how to say “See you later.”
Since my first closing campfire in 2010, Sue, the owner and director of camp, has always said the same phrase to us campers as we sit around the campfire ring, listening through tears: “It’s not good-bye, it’s see you later!”
Saying “See you later” is a hard when the rest of the months during the year we are without our camp friends. Sometimes it feels like it’s the last time we see the pine trees of North Star, but most of the time, it isn’t! It is a tough concept to grasp onto, but we do in fact blend back into our daily routines at our own homes quite quickly–quick enough that summer time is back in the blink of an eye.
At the end of each summer at one of the best summer camps for teens, I fall back into my routine and remember how great my home is, how great my friends are, and how lucky I am to be able to go back and forth between a place like North Star and Montreal.
No matter how much I love my beautiful city, there will always be a part of me that belongs among the pine trees and lake of Camp North Star, and there’s a part of you that belongs there, too. We just need to wait those 45ish weeks to be joined with all those magical moments camp brings to us.