Upper Teen Trip to Amish Country
As the oldest campers, Upper Teens are given the responsibility of representing Camp on a three-day trip with lots of fun in store. This year’s trip was to Amish Country and Hershey Park.
At 7:00am on August 4th, 113 campers boarded the busses and departed for Pennsylvania. After a short stop for lunch, campers hit their first destination – Indian Echo Cavern. Campers learned about the first inhabitants of the caves, the Native Americans. Tribes began to use the caves earlier than 1760 for migration and shelter from the cold. On Sunday evening, campers arrived at their hotel for a pizza party! After dinner, they went to Chocolate World for a 4D movie experience.
Monday was filled with chocolate and roller coasters as campers headed to Hershey Park! When asked about their favorite part of the trip, Hershey Park was the most common answer. When campers returned from the trip, it was apparent that they visited the gift shop in Hershey Park as they sported their new t-shirts, pajama pants, hoodies and massive Hershey kisses.
The last day of the trip took place in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country at the Amish Village. Campers got a glimpse into today’s Amish lifestyle and how they have lived for over 300 years. They walked the farmhouse, the barn, a blacksmith shop, the windmill and water wheel and the one-room classroom. Campers mentioned being fascinated by the horse and buggies and they couldn’t get over the fact that the Amish settled in Lancaster and stayed for most of their lives to grow their village. After the tour, Camp supervisors reflected with the campers about how we all have “a village” but ours is spread throughout the world!