by Molly McIntire
This summer I went to Camp Gowonagin with my friends Linda and Susan. My mother said it would be unpatriotic to take a family vacation during wartime, but being at Camp Gonwonagin was as much fun as being on vacation!
Every day we did crafts, sewed sit-upons, swam, and learned outdoor skills like first aid and cooking over a fire. At camp, you don’t eat your meals in a cafeteria, it’s called a mess hall, which is the same thing they call it in the US Army!
I was pretty nervous that I might have to swim underwater. I can swim OK on the surface but feel nervous going under the water. My mom sent me off to camp with a new swimsuit that made me feel like a movie star! I could swim much better in it than in my sister Jill’s hand-me-down suits.
I got a few care packages at camp, including one from my English friend Emily and her Aunt Primrose. They sewed a pillow for me that looks just like my Jack Russell terrier, Bennett!
Every night at Camp Gowonagin Miss Butternut, the camp director, would play taps on her bugle and we sang “Day is Done, Gone the Sun” in our bunks. Sometimes I fell asleep before the end of the song.
In conclusion, I had a swell summer at Camp and also learned how to be a better citizen.
Jen says… parts of Molly’s school composition follow her book, and parts I made up. Her swimsuit, for example, plays no role in her books. The pillow, which does have a 40s vibe, was purchased in England by my mom.
It’s a pin cushion! Molly’s camp bed is Addy’s bed, and her camp blanket was knit by my neighbor. The backdrop Brianna and I painted for Camp Doll Diaries two or three years ago, and probably to my husband’s chagrin, it is still stored in his office closet! I think there is something kind of magical about being so tired from a day at camp that you fall almost instantly asleep.