The lost art of letter writing is found at Camp Runoia
For many people a letter or card written by hand and sent through the post is a rare treat to receive. There is incredible value in the sending and receiving of letters to and from Camp. Although modern alternatives may have crept into our regular everyday lives and mail has now often been replaced by type or text, at camp the options are much more limited and therefore pen and paper is the go to form of communication.
A hand written letter, postcard or note-card shows a commitment and acknowledges that a person has taken the time and resources to show how much you are valued. A paper note can be stored under a pillow, treasured and reread over and over. They don’t require an instant or speedy response or even any response at all, they can be savored and relished. Camp Runoia parents often tell us years later that they still have those letters from camp as treasured memories of their daughters developing independence.
Content is often deeper and more profound in a letter than it is in a hurriedly typed email or an even shorter text message. There is not room for emoticons in a pen and paper note, real feelings are expressed carefully using vocabulary that often never appears in type,
A note can communicate messages that may be difficult to address in person or may be impossible if the distance covered is great. The recipient sits with the content without an immediate verbal response needed.
At Camp Runoia we value the time old tradition of hand writing notes. People in our community receive ‘real’ mail long before our campers even arrive to the shores of Great Pond. We send welcome notes, Birthday postcards and of course penpal letters for new campers all before June. Parents, family members and friends continue to send postal mail during the summer season and while a one way email service is now available some girls still get stacks of ‘real mail’ every day. Our campers reciprocate those letters filled with love and news from home. Rest hour is often spent filling up stationary and notecards with tales of camp adventures, new friends, how the food is and what EP’s have been a blast.
The Belgrade Lakes Post Office is near and dear to our hearts and trips to visit can sometimes even be won as EP prizes. The 04918 zip code is imprinted on our hearts. We are encouraging Runoia Girls to build real life communication skills.