I’ve written about former campers and where they are now, whether it is up at Shamu stadium as a trainer or working with sea lions or in the Florida Keys on a lobster boat, but this story may be the best yet. A few weeks ago, one of SeaWorld San Antonio’s first campers brought her own family back to camp. Julie was a part of our first day camp group in 1992 and part of the first resident camp in 1994. She then came back as a camp counselor in 1996 & 1997, the years that I was a camper. And now after starting a family, she brought her son Turner to Ocean Quest and joined her daughter, Lucia, in Small Wonders Camp. It’s been great to reconnect with one of my counselors – one of the reasons I wanted to be a counselor. I asked her a few things about now seeing camp from every angle; here’s what she had to say:
What was your favorite experience as a camper?
There were so many it is hard to pick only one. Feeding Kemp Ridley sea turtles, watching a beluga give birth, hugging a killer whale, touching a pygmy sperm whale, swimming with penguins, kissing a beluga, feeding baby penguins, feeding sharks, hearing the trumpet of king penguins, and petting a walrus are amongst the experiences that come to mind. Where on earth would I have ever been able to do these things?