Senior Senior Year? I Can't Wait!

I find it only fitting to begin this post with a classic “camp introduction”, My name is Katie Walker, I am from Jackson, MS, this will be my 9th summer at camp, and my favorite food at Greystone is poppyseed chicken! Now that we know each other, I can proceed to tell y’all about why I’m so excited for this year!!

Camp Greystone is one of those places where you feel like you are at home even though you are hundreds of miles away from home (well it’s hundreds of miles for me at least).

When thinking about my Senior Senior summer I get so excited that I cannot help but grin from ear to ear!! I cannot wait for the Challenge Day tug of war, living another year in the Castle (it’s the best), morning coffee because it is actually the best coffee that I have all year, having DMCs on the Sincerity bench, shop dates (again also take place on the Sincerity bench), and honestly I could keep listing all of the things I am looking forward to but I do not want give away all of Greystone’s secrets!

Being that this is my last summer at Greystone as a camper, I want to go “all out” at all of the activities that I participate in.

I want to wear as much green or gold that I can fit on my body during Team Fires, I want to dance my heart out every morning at morning assembly (and I do plan to go crowd surfing during all girls assembly when the song “Dive” comes on!), and I want to go and live every day at camp as if it were my last because unfortunately there will be a last day of camp for me soon. I cannot wait to get back to Greystone and see all of my wonderful camp friends and to make even more this summer as well!

When I tell people that I am going to camp for a month during the summer going into my senior year people often give me a reply along the lines of “Oh umm that’s… cool?”. Most people do not understand why I would give up a month of my summer to go be camper, but then again they don’t know Greystone.

Greystone is a safe-haven for me, it is where I learned how to love others with all my heart, how to be unselfish, how to laugh at myself, how to have a positive attitude and live life wearing smile, and most importantly Greystone is the place where I learned how to love Jesus. I can tell y’all now that this summer at Greystone will be unforgettable, and I know for a fact that I cannot wait to pack my trunk, wave my parents goodbye, and go have the time of my life with my Greystone family.

P.S. Having gone to camp for a couple of years, I have learned a thing or two and here is some advice that I would like to share:

  1. If you are old enough, take Sandi’s Bible class. It is amazing and I have learned so much.
  2. DO NOT bring a new pair of tennis shoes or a pair that you really would be sad about ruining because there is a good chance that they will be colored, muddy, wet, or messed up in some other fashion… just trust me I know from experience…
  3. Have an interesting fact about yourself prepared when you get to camp because you will most likely have to use it 10 different times the first few days of camp when introducing yourself.
  4. Bring pictures of your friends from home because it makes telling stories about life at home easier for other people to follow because they can put a name to a face.
  5. Be prepared to let loose and not take yourself too seriously while at camp because camp is more fun that way.
  6. Bring duct tape. There are many uses for it and I promise you that you will need it at least once at some point!