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14 Things Sleepaway Camp Taught Us About Life, Loss, And Love

Summer camp is a rite of passage for all preteens across the nation. We will never forget those summers of pure pubescent bliss. And no doubt Coppertone ® was there for some of your most fantastically awkward moments!

1. Let go. Literally.

2. Tie-dye will never go out of style.

3. S'mores are a golden gift from the gods.

"Does anyone have a wire hanger?! I said: Does ANYONE HAVE A WIRE HANGER?!"

4. Always be aware of your surroundings.

5. Trust no one.

6. Dive in when the water is cold.

7. Girls mature faster than boys.

8. Nothing is more valuable than independence.

9. Love hurts.

10. All rules are out the window when it comes to color war.

11. Creativity goes a long way.

12. Knowing how to navigate through the woods will save you from a panic attack.

13. Your friendship bracelets might fall off in the water, but the friendships never fade.

14. Leaving is the hardest part.