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April 9, 2013

What C.A.M.P.S. taught me and others in Amesbury


C.A.M.P.S. takes place in mid-August shortly before the school year begins, currently at the Mah-Kee-Nac campground in Lenox, and the daily schedule typically includes community-building events, music, competitive team events and prayer.

Every year usually brings a wrinkle or two, however, like last year when there was a full-scale re-enactment of “The Hunger Games,” in which tributes from each team battled to the “death” with plastic swords, Nerf guns and eggs until only one remained. The winner, incidentally, was an Amesbury High School senior named Christian Zielinski.

Then, a couple of years ago, Michael Skupin from “Survivor” came and led a huge “Survivor”-style competition complete with obstacles and nasty food challenges. There have even been a couple of occasions over the years where the entire camp has been woken up at 4 a.m. on the last day for an impromptu water balloon war.

Sunday’s celebration was a chance for anyone who has ever gone to share in all of that, and also a chance to reconnect with old friends and reflect on some of their own unique experiences.

Mulcahy said that more than 11,000 people have gone to C.A.M.P.S. over the years, and that she hopes this coming summer will be the biggest week yet. The week will run from Monday, Aug. 12 through Saturday, Aug. 17, and high school aged youth entering grade 9 through recent high school graduates are eligible to attend.


The following meetings are scheduled this week and are open to the public:


School Committee Personnel Subcommittee meeting, 4:30 p.m., Amesbury High School Superintendent’s Office.

City Council meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall Auditorium.


AHS School Council meeting, 6:30 p.m., AHS Principal’s Conference Room.


Mac Cerullo covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3238 or by email at Follow Mac on Twitter at @MacCerullo.





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