Dear PALS Families and Friends,
Our names are Matt and Samantha, and this is both of our first years being involved with PALS Programs. Matt attended Camp PALS New York this summer as a counselor while Samantha attended Camp PALS Maine and Georgetown on the Medical team. For both of us, this was our first time ever going to an adventure and we are blessed that we got the opportunity to lead it.
We had an amazingly fun time in DC and the weekend went by way too fast!
We began our adventure with a quick bus ride into DC for the Washington Wizards NBA game. We toured the stadium, bought souvenirs, and watched the Wizards get their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks! The event coordinator of the Wizards actually came up to our group and said we must have brought some good luck with us! After the game, we went back to our lodging at the National 4-H Conference Center to catch some sleep before our big day in DC.
On Saturday, we woke up bright and early to a Karaoke/Dance Party! We were able to enjoy a morning filled with new friendships, dancing, our favorite karaoke songs, and lots of good laughs. After our morning party, we hit the road to DC to go to the National Air and Space Museum. At the museum, we received a private tour by an amazing guy by the name of Scott. We soaked up a ton of knowledge and had a great time! After our tour, we watched an IMAX viewing of a Voyage of Time, showing the history of the world starting from the creation of Earth. We followed the tour up with an exquisite dinner at Logan Tavern. Once our bellies were full, we had a private trolley pick us up for a Monuments by Moonlight tour around DC! The tour started at the Lincoln Memorial and ended at the White House; we had a great tour guide who taught us about American history, DC secrets, and the significance of many important DC buildings.
On Sunday, we set out for Bowlmor Bethesda and had a fun and relaxing time bowling and bonding before having to say our final “see-ya-laters”!
On our incredible weekend, we were able to build new friendships and enhance old ones while having a great time laughing, singing, dancing, chanting, and running around DC. Thank you to all of the campers and counselors who made this weekend so memorable and enjoyable! A special shout-out to Stephen for the outstanding amount of support with this weekend. This weekend couldn’t have happened without all of you. We are so grateful to have gotten to know you all, and we cannot wait to meet again soon!
Samantha and Matt