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I Remember When...
 

I've always believed there are only two kinds of American and Canadian women: those who gave camp a try for a summer or two but refused to ever go back and those of us who never stopped cherishing those summers and who only ceased going because of a double-digit birthday beginning with a three, or marriage or our parents suggesting that "maybe it's time you had a real job, with a real income."


Encapsulated in a cocoon of friendship, we were happy, secure and at home with our summer family. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, camp held the complete direction of our lives. The chance to become aware of the earth's beauty, to learn the value of making friends, to feel the excitement of unfamiliar things and to find the courage to try new adventures were all a part of the camp experience. More importantly, it was often the only place, geographically and emotionally, where we truly felt at home, in touch with our authentic selves.


My intention with SLEEPAWAY is to capture the deep and enduring impact of girls' summer camp and the unique role it played in our growing up and shaping who we are today. For those other ten months, we carried inside us that part of ourselves we'd gotten from our camp experience. Our culture so heavily emphasizes the individual, and individual achievement, that there's little sense of how essential these connections are and the notion of "girl culture" has been somewhat ignored. The revelation that there could be profound meaning and repercussions from a single-sex environment (especially in a non-academic setting) is unavoidable in SLEEPAWAY.


SLEEPAWAY is a photographic journal that recognizes how the sanctuary of an all-girls camp was critical to creating a place where "girls could be girls", unequivocally ourselves and our sense of community, success and belonging could be savored for the rest of the year. The photographs are complemented by the voices of hundreds of women who attended camp as early as 1926 and as recently as last summer.

 

To Contact Me: click on the link below to email me laurie@sleepaway.net

If you have a funny camp story, a memorable anecdote or some experience at camp that helped to shape the woman you are today, i'd appreciate your sending it to me. Clicking on the Reconnect will allow you to send me your story. Thanks!

or send correspondence to: p.o. box 1293, bridgehampton, ny 11932