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There are so many things to do at Pemi that kept me busy throughout the day. I played lacrosse, tennis, basketball, tried waterskiing and knee-boarding, and learned how to make woolly critters. These were just some of the occupations I did! On the third week of camp I was called out with seven other boys to go on a three-day hike to Mt. Moosilauke. It was a great trip and surprisingly I said to my camp trippy (the person in charge of the hike): "I am homesick for PEMI!" It was true, though - I was homesick for Pemi!!! I really enjoyed my summer because I made so many great friends and tried so many new things, but mostly because I learned that I could leave home and have a great time. When I finally left camp I was crying because Pemi was like my summer home. And I cannot wait to go back next year!
John-Luke De Stefano is a 12-year-old from New York City who loves basketball, drawing, and his grandma's pasta on Sundays. He has been wrestling since he was four and is also a Boy Scout. Last year was his first camp experience - the first, he's quick to point out, of many more to come.