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11 Insights On Life From The 1997 Bug Juice Campers

Real Kids. Making Friends. Having Fun. On Bug Juice

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11. On Uncertainty in Relations

“I don’t know- like, because, I like Connor but I don’t know who he likes. I think that if he likes me, he likes me, and if he doesn't, he doesn't and whatever happens, happens.”-Stephanie

“I don’t know- like, because, I like Connor but I don’t know who he likes. I think that if he likes me, he likes me, and if he doesn't, he doesn't and whatever happens, happens.”

-Stephanie

10. On Being Nice

"I know we aren't going to be all 'Buddy-Buddy Barney Sesame Street' type friends but at least we can try, to like, have a 'please, thank you' ,'oh that was cool', 'you were awesome' at least be like that nice."-Kisha

"I know we aren't going to be all 'Buddy-Buddy Barney Sesame Street' type friends but at least we can try, to like, have a 'please, thank you' ,'oh that was cool', 'you were awesome' at least be like that nice."

-Kisha

9. On Coping with Defeat

“After the swim test, I kinda just wallowed in my own self pity and walked back to my cabin being angry and then I just climbed onto my bed and started eating candy. I ate my entire stash. It was horrible.”-Jason

“After the swim test, I kinda just wallowed in my own self pity and walked back to my cabin being angry and then I just climbed onto my bed and started eating candy. I ate my entire stash. It was horrible.”

-Jason

8. On Finding Yourself

“I am whoever I want to be.I am amazing.I am a little girl wandering around in a broken world. I am me.”-A poem by Jenny

“I am whoever I want to be.

I am amazing.

I am a little girl wandering around in a broken world.

I am me.”

-A poem by Jenny

7. On the Pressure to Date

"I haven’t had a girlfriend at camp this year. I’m not feeling guilty about it …because I am only 13. But, you know, I just haven’t gone out with anybody. No offense to girls but they are a lot more complicated. "-Andy

"I haven’t had a girlfriend at camp this year. I’m not feeling guilty about it …because I am only 13. But, you know, I just haven’t gone out with anybody. No offense to girls but they are a lot more complicated. "

-Andy

6. On Settling Down

“Hassan needs to find him a girlfriend and stick with it. Hopefully, she’ll be strong enough to stop him from flirting with other girls.”-Kisha

“Hassan needs to find him a girlfriend and stick with it. Hopefully, she’ll be strong enough to stop him from flirting with other girls.”

-Kisha

5. On Dealing With Confrontation

“Stop yelling. Let’s just have a debrief about what went wrong."-Jon

“Stop yelling. Let’s just have a debrief about what went wrong."

-Jon

4. On Overcoming Differences

"We're really all different because they live a certain life....they have certain rules and boundaries. I live a certain life and I have different rules and boundaries. So I’m trying to explain to them my rules and I am trying to understand their rules. So, It’s going to be hard but I think it will all work if we keep talking and all stop arguing."-Sarai

"We're really all different because they live a certain life....they have certain rules and boundaries. I live a certain life and I have different rules and boundaries. So I’m trying to explain to them my rules and I am trying to understand their rules. So, It’s going to be hard but I think it will all work if we keep talking and all stop arguing."

-Sarai

3. On Being Compatible

“Liz is more emotional than I am, I think. We’re kinda like Champagne bottles with the cork in them. Mine is still in there trying to get out.”-Andrew

“Liz is more emotional than I am, I think. We’re kinda like Champagne bottles with the cork in them. Mine is still in there trying to get out.”

-Andrew

2. On Jealousy

"There's always going to be a couple of boys that all girls will like. Then if they like one person everyone's like 'well you know what I hate her' and 'she's not even pretty' and stuff like that. I don't want that to happen."-Cammie

"There's always going to be a couple of boys that all girls will like. Then if they like one person everyone's like 'well you know what I hate her' and 'she's not even pretty' and stuff like that. I don't want that to happen."

-Cammie

1. On Being Yourself

"Being at camp has freed a lot of emotions that I am not afraid to show anymore. I think it feels a lot better to be different than be like everyone else."-Caitlin

"Being at camp has freed a lot of emotions that I am not afraid to show anymore. I think it feels a lot better to be different than be like everyone else."

-Caitlin

Bonus!

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“And just when you think you've given it all you have... it all comes back in a hug or a laugh that we all share together. Then I remember why I am here. You have given me so much. You make me feel like everything I did had a purpose. You let me be myself all the time. “

-Counselor Rhett

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