earlier this year, one of my favorite mom friends showed me a website for a summer camp at the webb schools, a local private boarding school for high schoolers. they were offering several different programs - digital arts, global ethics, science and paleontology - and the session was ten days long, during which the students would stay on campus in the dorms. it would be the first time that the bean was away from home and on her own, which sounded both exciting and a little scary. to be honest, i wasn't at all sure that she'd go for it, but when she found out that her two besties were also going for it, she warmed to the idea.
i knew that her heart would probably lead her towards the digital arts program, but i encouraged her to step out of the box and try something different. it seemed like a good idea to expand her horizons a little and learn something completely new, and when she expressed some interest in the paleontology program i definitely gave her a bit of nudge.
okay, maybe a big nudge. heh.
and so we filled out the application, which also involved an essay and a questionnaire that was to be filled out by the student, plus a recommendation from one of her current teachers at school. we joined in on a parent information session via zoom, where we got to see pictures of the campus and ask the program director questions if we had any. apparently, they were reading all of the applications carefully to get an idea of each student's maturity level to make sure that they were ready for a sleepaway camp for ten days without parent visits - especially this year, with covid being a factor.
to no one's surprise all three girls were accepted, with each of them choosing a different program. this meant that they wouldn't be in classes together, but there was plenty of downtime for them to hang out. and before we knew it, it was time to get the bean packed up and drop her off.
after we got her checked in, we got to hop into a golf cart for a ride up the hill to her dorm since we had her luggage and everything with us.