Camp Hazen Family Camp

During the memorial day weekend, coming back to school, I heard that many people stayed out in the sun to tan at the beach, while others went to many barbecues. Even though as fun as these things may sound, my family and I decided to try something a little bit different this memorial day weekend.

We decided to try, for the first time ever, the Camp Hazen Family Camp!

, is a “community focused non-profit established in 1844 with programs and services for all ages” sleep away camp in Chester CT. I first found out about this camp for my seventh-grade school trip there during the Winter and I absolutely loved the Camp. Not just the environment and the cool activities that you can do, but just how happy and how enthusiastic the counselors were as well, their happiness made you feel that happiness and it made you want to go back, so I did.

I’ve been a camper at Camp Hazen for about three years and I’ve been to the mother-daughter weekend but the family weekend was a whole other experience. There were many activities to do together as a family or you could simply do some by yourself. One of my most favorite activities was going to snake river on the Cedar Lake that the Camp owns and the people who live in the neighborhood own parts of it as well. Here is a photo that I took of this lake at sunset:

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Snake river was a little bit far away from the front side of the lake but it wasn’t too far that you could get lost. This river consists of many pieces of nature like bushes, water lilies, flowers, bugs, and don’t forget snakes. While kayaking through the river I did not see any snakes but, I did see a turtle. It swam slowly near my kayak and while I tried to reach out to grab it quickly dunk its head-under-water. Just being able to see it was super cool.

Another one of my favorite things that I did at camp was the archery competition, after five rounds my ending score was 101. Unfortunately, I did not win, instead, my Dad did which was also really cool as well. During this archery competition my sister took many photos of the family shooting the arrows, including a picture of me:

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Watching the arrow fly beneath my eyes to the target. This was a really cool experience for me, and even if I didn’t win, I still had a ton of fun.

After the Archery competition, another thing that my family and I had done that was also really fun was climb Deadman’s Cliff. I didn’t climb as much as I had wanted to but it was still to reach the point that I got to reach. As scary as this cliff sounds it’s not like a huge cliff but it was a reasonable size for you to get scared while your on your way up. Here is a photo of one of the counselors attaching the climbing material onto my harness:

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And a photo of me climbing:

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After the four days of an AMAZING family camp experience I became very sad because I remembered that this summer I wouldn’t be going back. Instead, this summer I will be volunteering at my local elementary school, Cos Cob School, and helping little kids at the summer school. I decided to try something new. And who knows, maybe next years memorial day weekend will come faster like this years school year is ending quicker like a blink of an eye.

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