Dear PALS Families and Friends,
As the Adventure Leaders who facilitated our trip to Hershey Park, we would like to introduce ourselves: our names are Hayley Cavanaugh and Amelia Siwa. Hayley has been a counselor at Camp PALS Philly for two years, and has attended multiple PALS Adventures, including Indianapolis, New Years Eve, Wisconsin Dells, and Chesapeake Bay. This is Amelia’s second summer returning as a counselor at Camp PALS Poconos. She has attended the Great Wolf Lodge Adventure for the past two years, as well as other PALS events such as the spring Picnic last May. While we have both had a lot of experience in the PALS family, this was our first time organizing and leading our own PALS Adventure!
We started off the weekend on a rainy Friday afternoon, but we didn’t let a little water ruin our fun! We moved into our campground cabins, introduced our PALS family for the weekend, and moved on to enjoy some fresh Chipotle Catering in a nearby pavilion. Shortly after that, we met in our central cabin to enjoy a classic PALS tradition: Karaoke Night! Campers sang (and danced) to a variety of their favorite songs, showing off their talent and music taste to the group, ending in a crazy dance party!
The next morning, we headed out bright and early to Hershey Park for a day of fun in the sun (and wind)! Everyone enjoyed a full morning and afternoon together smelling the funnel cakes, splashing down the Log Flume, spinning on the Carousel, and flying over the hills of roller coasters! After our exhausting day, we hung out at the campgrounds, eating a delicious dinner provided by Fuddruckers and reminiscing on our favorite parts of the day. We finished Saturday out with a toasty campfire, making s'mores.
On Sunday, we set out for Hershey’s Chocolate World, where we spent the morning solving chocolate mysteries, learning how Hershey’s Chocolate is made, becoming certified ‘Palateers’, and finally making our own chocolate bars!
After an incredible (but short) weekend, we found ourselves having to say goodbye to each other. As Adventure Leaders, we were honored to end the Spring PALS Adventure season with a bang!
We would like to thank our wonderful team of campers and counselors, several of which were experiencing PALS for the first time. You all made the weekend feel welcoming, and like a true PALS experience! We want to wish everyone a happy summer, and hopefully we will cross paths in the future!
We took a lot of video footage throughout the weekend, and compiled a short video to help you relive our experience. It is the first-ever PALS Adventures video!
Hayley and Amelia