We are kicking-off our Get To Know The BCAA campaign with a blog post from Melissa Bilsky, a member of the BCAA Communications Committee.

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It’s hard to know where to start when I think about the role that Beber Camp has played in my life, but I suppose it began when I spent my first summer at Beber when I was 10 years old, in 1987.  To be honest, I don’t remember much about that summer, and I only have 2 or 3 photos from that year (one of which was of the toilet!).  But as the years went on, I have loads more memories and lots more pictures, too.  Sure, camp was a place for growth and learning and whatever your adult-self can now recognize, but hands-down, my best memories from camp involve hysterical laughter.

Camp was a place for me in which I felt truly comfortable in my own skin.  And most of that feeling is due in part to my “camp friends.”  These girls are in a class of their own.  Of course, there’s a special place in my heart for my childhood friends, my college friends, and my adult friends, but my camp friends seem to fit the mold to include all of those “other” groups.  When we are together, it is like no time has passed.  We catch up, hang out, and above all, we laugh!  The “camp husbands,” as we like to call them, roll their eyes when we relay story after story about camp, but we just continue on.  😊

I spent 9 summers at Beber, as a camper, CIT and counselor—1 1 months in total.  It is pretty amazing that a place in which I spent less than one year of my life could have such an impact on my life.

Fast forward to today, my older daughter will be spending her third summer at Beber this summer, and my younger daughter will join her sometime soon, too.  I have even dragged my husband to a few reunions and family camps, and even he can now see why Beber is such a special place for so many of us.