Magazine article Parks & Recreation

From the Editor: Guppy to Shark

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

From the Editor: Guppy to Shark

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Then I was younger, like most kids, I looked forward to the end of school. Not because I no longer had to read books or perform arithmetic (I actually was one of those weird kids who liked school), but because it meant that I would soon be heading to summer camp. Through my childhood, I visited a variety of camps in the summer.

At the camp sponsored through my local park and recreation department, I learned to make boondoggle keychains. At my church camp, we visited underprivileged sections of the state and built houses with Habitat for Humanity. At a camp I attended run by the Girl Scouts of America, we took horseback riding lessons and I finally mastered cantering.

But at all the camps I ever attended, there was always one thing I didn't look forward to, and that was swimming. Almost always, I was labeled a "guppy, " a "tadpole, " or a "fresh fins" swimmer. I could make keychains with the best of them, but put me in a pool, and I didn't perform well at all. …

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