Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Growing Up in Camp Hill: Part 1

For years, I've heard peers of mine rant about their hatred for this neighborhood. With the common claim being, "There's nothing to do," Camp Hill has been taking scrutiny ever since I can remember. Although bombarded by this propaganda, I have not fallen victim. My appreciation for this town is, and will always be, quite high. Having lived in the borough my whole life, I've seen the many different types of "non-believers," and come to believe there are two main aspects that make up their mindset: lack of creativity and stubbornness.

For those of you that don't know, Camp Hill is not sizable by any means; 2.1 square miles to be exact. Lacking many eateries, recreational facilities, attractions, and "places to chill;" it's easy to see why this small Pennsylvanian borough has become a scapegoat for many of its teens. Yet, with that said, there are also many unique things Camp Hill does possess. A state-of-the-art turf field and track, two top-notch pools, above-average homes and yards, and a small-town shop atmosphere with two decent malls compressing our borough are just a few of the things this town has to offer. Not for you? Try our creek or sizable woodland area at Siebert. And if that's still not good enough, many enhanced versions of these attractions are only a short commute outside our borders. If you have any creativity, that's more than enough to keep you occupied for years on end. What do you expect to have... the Las Vegas strip in your backyard? If you can't make use all the facilities mentioned above then you don't deserve to enjoy this place. Stop looking at things as how they're merely presented; learn to think outside the box. There are millions of things to do here, you just have to figure out what they are. Boredom's not encompassing Camp Hill, it's encompassing you. Now quit playing meaningless games on your smartphone and try to experience Camp Hill for what it really is: a blessing.