A lot of summer camps, youth groups, and other activities have a “have fun” rule.
The implied message is usually: This is a fun place. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Fix your attitude and have fun doing the fun activities.
Sometimes “have fun” rules are explicit. Sometimes they’re more implicit, and come in forms like: making people sing a song every day about how much they love camp, announcements about “we’re all having so much fun!”, or whatever else.
The problem with this is: nothing is fun for everyone. People have the right to feel how they feel about things. It’s really degrading to tell an unhappy person that they should just feel some other way.
“Have fun” rules are especially problematic for many disabled people.
Because — most programs are not fully accessible, even when they think they are. Most of us expect to encounter activities that are inaccessible in ways that make participation impossible — or that make them no fun.
And often, initially fun activities are ruined when someone treats you in a degrading way or says something awful about disability.
Being left out when everyone else is having fun is bad enough. When there’s a “have fun” rule, it’s even worse. Not only are you hurt by the exclusion, you’re told that you’re violating the rules by being hurt and unhappy.
“Have fun” rules make it really hard to solve these problems, because they make it risky to admit that you’re not having a good time.
“Have fun” rules make problems harder to solve, even when the problem has a straightforward solution. All the more so when the problem is complicated. (Or only has a partial solution.)
“Have fun” rules actually make things a lot less fun.
Hey everyone! So as the school year is coming to an end, marching season is beginning. This of course means band camp! Whether you’re a rookie or a returner, it’s always nice to know what you’re getting into and have some reminders.
1. WATER! Drink LOTS of water! This is probably the most important thing. Stay hydrated, drink water every chance you get, because you’re going to be out in the hot sun on the turf all day. Most people bring those big water jugs, make sure you drink AT LEAST one of those in a day, two would be even better. Drink a lot at night too so you’re hydrated in the morning too.
2. Sleep! You’re gonna be exhausted at the end of each day, so make sure you take care of yourself and get the sleep you need to stay healthy during camp. I know I went to my drum major’s house and fell asleep during dinner break last year XD You want to have the energy you need, which is gonna be a lot, so don’t be staying up till 1 or 2 am watching netflix if you know you have vis block at 7 am.
3. For my trans and nonbinary friends, DO NOT bind during band camp! Trust me, I am in the same boat with this one. As much as I know you want to pass, it’s not safe or healthy to bind in those conditions. You’ll restrict your breathing at a time when it matters most. I know it’s gonna suck, but your health and safety is more important.
4. Don’t blow your chops out! Sometimes you really wanna practice, or over practice, but trust me if this happens you won’t be helping yourself. You wanna be able to come to camp every day ready to play your best, and you won’t be able to do that if you over played the day before. Know you’re limits and recovery time, especially for all you lead trumpets.
5. Eat. Whether you’re in drum corps or a high school band, you all need to eat. This goes along with sleep and water, but you need the energy. If you go jazz running around the field in 100 degrees whether with no food in your stomach, you’re gonna throw up or pass out. Stay healthy and take care of your body and make sure you’re getting the nutrients and protein your body needs for an activity like this.
6. When it comes to health and safety, just know your limits. If you’re not feeling great, sit out. You director will understand. Your health always comes first. And if something doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to tell someone. Also, I know a lot of people have injuries. Make sure you don’t push those. Wear the knee brace or the elbow brace, wrap your ankle, do whatever you can to help yourself and sit out if it hurts. Don’t push yourself too far.
7. Now that the health and safety stuff has been addressed, social interaction! A lot of you rookies may go in not knowing people, and I understand how scary that can be. Take it from someone who couldn’t even talk to the two girls marching next to me for the entirety of band camp, it’s so much better if you just talk to them. Talk to other freshmen, talk to your section leaders and drum majors, talk to the upperclassmen! We want to get to know you too, and we know it’s hard at first. Band camp is the beginning of a great journey and you’ll make so many friends, you have nothing to be worried about.
8. DON’T LOSE YOUR DOT SHEETS OR MUSIC!!! Seriously. If you lose them, we have to go to the band room and make copies, then you’re behind because you didn’t have all the materials. It makes it easier on everyone if you keep track of everything. It’s also good to show that you’re responsible.
9. Listen to your techs, section leaders, and drum majors. They know what they’re talking and they were put into their positions for a reason. If they tell you you need to fix something or to stop messing around, listen. They’re doing what’s best for you and the band. You learn so much from them too, take every opportunity you get when they give you tips for improvement.
10. HAVE FUN! Like I said earlier, band camp is just the beginning. Do things with your friends! Go out for lunch or dinner together, get to know everyone, have a little fun with your rehearsals. A lot of schools do games at band camp and get into it! It’s so fun to just relax and goof around with people. Do things with your section, talk to people. Just have a good time! These people are gonna become your family and give you an amazing experience.
Bonus (11). A lot of people are reblogging this and adding SUNSCREEN! I cant believe I forgot that haha but yes! Sunscreen is super important! Even if you don’t burn easily, wear it! Reapply every 1-2 hours if I’m being honest. Getting burned sucks!
when i was like 11 or so and had just read the hobbit for the first time i remember i was constantly like every day building a mountain out of sand or dirt, bigger and bigger every time but barren all around it, for this was The Lonely Mountain, and i’d go on a hunt to find a small beautiful white stone to be the Arkenstone, so i could bury it inside the mountain. and then i’d stomp the whole thing to pieces, bc i was pissed, i was fucking pissed bc i’d spent my whole life thinking The Hobbit was supposed to be the happy-go-lucky prequel with a super uplifting ending, but instead thorin died and bilbo had to go home and make rlly dumb jokes about how all was well when all was very fucking clearly not well. so i had this ritual almost every day for like a whole summer and i just remembered that.
You and Reggie were finally going on your weekend camping
trip, both 11 years old since your parents bailed on you guys when you were 10
for work differences and you both wanted both your families to go. You guys
finally planned it three weeks before summer was over and didn’t tell your
other friends since you both just wanted to be alone. Sadly Riley got sick and
Reggie’s mom stayed behind, so Reggie’s dad decided to bail on the trip as
well. Your parents decided to finally take you guys after plenty of begging
from both you and Reggie. Although they rented a cabin, you and Reg wanted to
really experience the woods, so you both decided to get a tent.
It was 4:30 pm on a Friday.
“(Y/N/N) hurry up!” Reggie yelled from the bottom of the
stairs climbing up to hurry you up, as you grabbed your camping luggage.
“I’m going Reg!” You yelled back opening the door to your room,
as Reg was about to knock and he grabbed your bag.
“Why’d you take so long?” Reggie questioned you as you both
started to go down the stairs.
“I made my parents buy me “camping” clothes” you answered making
quote signals with your fingers “But I just really wanted new flannels and
shorts” you added on and Reggie chuckled as you made your way out the door.
Your dad put the bags in the trunk of truck, and you and
Reggie climbed to the backseats.
The whole ride to the cabin, you and Reg played road trip
games and your dad would tell jokes to make you and Reggie laugh. Your mom
would say snippets of stories of when you were younger. As that died down
Reggie got out his iPod and you shared headphones jamming to music until you
reached your destination.
couldn’t help but wonder what happened to these parents, to that bond, when did
It was now 7:00pm
You and Reggie had just knocked out a few minutes before, so
you didn’t even realize when your mom moved you into the bed in the cabin while
your father carried Reggie into the same bed.
You were still a bit conscious you heard your dad speak
“Remember when they were lighter” and you lightly smiled, as your mother
chuckled and you went into a deep sleep.
The next day.
“(Y/N/N), Reggie, wake up” You mom called as she opened the
curtains so the sun could shine through the windows.
“Aww they look adorable” you heard your mom say to your father
as they walked out to the kitchen. You opened your eyes with your arms wrapped
around the young and sleepy Reggie and you smiled at how he looked like.
You sat up and spread your arms and shook Reggie “Hey
Reginald! Reggie! Reg! Mantle! Mantle The Magnificent!” You laughed as you
yelled and jumped on the bed to wake Reggie up.
“I’m up. I’m up” He finally spoke making fists with his hands
rubbing them against his eyes as he yawned and you walked to the restroom to
brush your teeth.
for enjoying the woods you thought to yourself and you grabbed your
toothbrush let it rest under the water for a few seconds before you put on the
“So much for enjoying the woods, were living like a luxurious
lumberjack” Reggie stated as he did the same to brush his teeth and you turned
to him with wide eyes.
“What?! What’d I say?” He questioned you.
“You just… You literally just read my thoughts! My thoughts
Reginald! I just said that to myself.” You exclaimed at Reggie with toothpaste
trying to escape your mouth.
pretty, and careless to the fact she looked like a madman with toothpaste in
her mouth Reggie thought not knowing he was staring at you for too long.
“Earth to Reg” you called out motioning your hands in front of
his face and he blinked.
“Eh… Uh…” He coughed finishing up brushing his teeth and you grabbed
a towel to clean your face “sorry” he added on.
You motioned him to leave the restroom and he stared at you
“Well I gotta pee, are you gonna stand there or what?” You
retorted sassily at him.
“Well what if I gotta pee?” He asked matching your sarcastic
“You’re a dude, dude, go to the trees” You scoffed and he just
chuckled out the restroom and closed the door for you.
The day went on, you guys hung out by the lake, swimming close
to the grass as your mom got a tan and your dad was cooking on the grill.
After eating and your parents making you wait to get in the
water, you and Reg hung out by the edge of the dock with your feet dangling in
Your parents were hanging out in the cabin, checking on you
guys every now and then through the window.
“Reg?” you spoke up as he turned to face you.
“Yeah (Y/N)?” He replied.
“We’re almost 12, we have more friends” Reg stared at you
tentatively “Promise me we’ll always be friends” you put out your hand with
your pinky out as he hugged your pinky with his and promised “Till infinity and
You both smiled as Reggie came closer and gave you a peck on
your cheeks and you both blushed.
Later your dad announced you can jump in the water, so you and
Reggie stood up grabbed each other by the hand and jumped in.
You and Reggie splashed the water on each other, and enjoyed
the lake as your parents joined you both in the water.
At night your dad started a fire, and you all enjoyed s’mores
and running around catching fireflies.
As you were becoming sleepy your mom motioned to you and
Reggie that they had built the tent for your last night in the woods. You both
ran in to see your sleeping bags and a lantern and spoke in sync “WHOA! COOL!”
as you and Reggie fell into a sugar crash.
The next day as you were packing your things to go, you and
Reg went on a walk near the cabin to finish soaking in the woods when he broke
“You know, Riley wasn’t really sick” He looked at you with
sadness in his eyes “My parents just didn’t care, and didn’t want to come.”
You grabbed his hand “Well I care, and I will always be here”
Until you reached a tree and Reggie carved your initials in a
heart on the trunk.
were so deep into the flashback you didn’t even notice Reggie started walking
away to your house.
Character A has gone to the same camp since they were a child, and
nothing had ever really changed. However, when they go back this summer,
they find that everything is different. The staff, the activities, even
the layout of the camp. Even worse, Character A seems to be the only
person that realizes anything is wrong.
It’s a regular day at camp, half way through the week, when a camper
comes running into the mess hall, screaming that their friend
disappeared when they reached the other side of the zip line.
“I’ve been coming to this camp for 6 years and I’ve always been in
this cabin on this bed. I don’t care if you’re the counselor, this bed
is mine and you’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers” AU
Character A wad the reigning tetherball champion at their annual
summer camp. That is, they are until a first time camper shows up one
year and beats them without breaking a sweat. Deciding to be mature
about it, Character A pulls a prank on their defeater and starts a war
between their two cabins.
There’s something in the lake, and it’s taking campers. As more and
more disappear, and connection to the world outside the camp is somehow
cut off, Character A takes it upon themself to dive to the bottom of the
lake and figure it out.
A late night raiding of the canteen results in Character A getting
caught by Character B. Surprisingly, they decide to keep it a secret,
but only if Character A agrees to go for a moonlight swim.
Character A, in an effort to find a more accepting community, goes to a
new summer camp one year. Once they get there, however, they realize
that this camp isn’t for people like them. It’s for magical people. How
the heck did they get in in the first place? Well, it is more accepting,
and Character A enjoys the people, so they make it their mission to go
the whole summer without being found out and sent away, or worse.
OMGOMGGG SOLANGELO AND JASON/PIPER DOUBLE DATE PLS ps ur drabbles are perfection
“I don’t understand why we had to come along,” grumbles Nico. He pulls his hood lower over his face, until only his fierce scowl is visible.
“For moral support,” Jason replies, “and backup. I heard this satyr’s accidentally hit jackpot—not just one but four demigods to shepherd. Poor guy.”
“You could just throw them a smile and say some pretty words and you’ll be back at camp with no trouble,” Nico tells Piper.
She shakes her head. “My charmspeak doesn’t work that well against younger demigods. Come on, Nico, weren’t you complaining about being all cooped up at camp? Here’s your chance to have some fun!”
“And with your boyfr—”
Jason goes down with a strangled squawk as Nico chucks his empty Happy Meals box at his head. Just in time, too, because there Will is, coming back with a strawberry sundae. He slides into the chair next to Nico.
“Here,” Will says. “You can eat first.”
“Thanks,” Nico says. He already has a scoop of ice cream in his mouth when he looks back up to find Jason and Piper beaming at him. Nico groans, tugging his hood down again. He doesn’t let go of the ice cream, though.
Will glances from Nico to their friends across the table. “Did I miss something?”
“No!” Nico says quickly. He glares. “Nothing at all, right guys?”
“Nothing,” agrees Piper. “Just thought that this trip has been very… sweet.”
Jason laughs, high fiving Piper while Nico attempts to drown himself in strawberry syrup. Will tilts his head, puzzled, but he’s wearing that sunny smile of his, and secretly, with no small amount of reluctance, Nico has to agree with Piper.
Things have been going
well for you and your boyfriend Jughead, you’ve been together for almost 6 months.
You’re ready to move forward and you both think it’s time to become intimate.
However with Jughead living at the Andrews and your parents working from home
and an annoying little sister to deal with, the conditions are far from ideal.
x reader, Veronica, Archie, (mentioned) the rest of the gang.
girl who loved to spill, Veronica Lodge was keeping things very quiet about the
plans she had for y/n. Y/n was a little confused as Veronica gave her instructions
as they sat at their usual picnic table for lunch, waiting for the others.
‘So my mom’s
friend owed us a favour. All you gotta do is go to the address I’ll text you,
with Jughead on Friday and all will be revealed.’ V said.
sound creepy at all Ronnie.’ y/n replied hesitantly.
trust me y/n.’ Before y/n could question her further, the rest of the gang
joined them. Jughead slid in next to her, she automatically turned and gave him
a little peck on the lips. His cheeks flushed a little causing everyone to
giggle at him.
Hi! Here’s the Choimato! I always have fun writing him!
two had a little fling going on during church camp when you were 14.
really liked him, but a few days later you got back from church camp, he
stopped speaking to you
so it continued until you two made it to high school.
is the class clown, always pulling pranks on his classmates and on teachers,
but he’s super smart, so even being in detention almost every day, he still has
are a reporter in the school newspaper, you have no chill when it comes to
finding scoops and schemes begotten by the administration.
here you are in the principal’s office following a lead about the possibility
of money evasion.
hear the door being open… SHIT! According to your sources, the principal
wouldn’t come back in at least fifteen minutes! SHIT SHIT SHIT!
it isn’t the principal, it is… “Saeyoung?” “MC?” you stare at each other,
puzzled. Actually, you’re surprised he still knows your name…
are you doing here?” you ask him. “Hmmm, nothing much. You?” “Nothing…” “We
chose a interesting place to do nothing.”
yeah, so leave! I gotta finish doing… nothing.” “Ladies first…” “Seriously,
Saeyoung, I don’t have time for your bullshit right now.” “Great, so just
I got here first!” “To what? To do nothing? Or are you playing Nancy Drew
again?” “This isn’t of your business, and what about you? You’re here to do one
of your stupid pranks, right?” you were both caught.
two hear steps down the hallway, SHIT! “Lock the door!” you whisper desperately
to him, he obeys. “What now, Nancy Drew?” “Stop calling me that and let me
notice the principal’s silhouette through the door glass trying to force the
lock. “I have an idea!” he says, taking his phone out of his pocket. “Hello! I
would like to report a bomb threat…” WHAT THE FUCK? You try to take his phone
away from him, he holds you, you would feel really aroused by being this close
to him again if he wasn’t committing basically a crime right now.
in the principal’s office. Because I installed it. Hurry, I might get a little
impatient…” he turns it off. “What the hell, Saeyoung?” “What? Now they can’t
enter here and we can escape through the ventilation ducts, I’ve been there
before, don’t worry.” “You’ve been in the ducts?” “You’re not the only one who
likes some adventure, Nancy Drew, now let’s go!” he grabs your hand.
know it’s hard, but try not to stare at my butt too much, okay?” “Oh yeah, I’m
so interested in your butt, Saeyoung!” “You were in church camp, do you think I
forgot?”you two were crawling through the steamy ducts and bickering at the
I thought you forgot, considering you ignored me since then.” “I… it was for
your own good.” “Ah, don’t give me that crap! If you just don’t like me, you
could have told me!”
I… liked you. It’s just… you wouldn’t understand.” “I understand you are a
compulsive liar! Reporting a bomb threat, manipulating people on your weird
pranks, and giving me some bullshit about me not being able to understand you?
What could I not understand, Saeyoung?”
mom being arrested for assaulting my brother and he going to military school to
stay away from all of this, staying away from me?” Oh, his brother… you
remember him in church camp too, he was quiet and shy… poor boy…
I… I’m sorry. I didn’t know.” You two stop crawling, he writhes his whole body
to face you. “You couldn’t know, it happened a few days after church camp, I… I
didn’t want to scare you off with my family problems, so I just started
ignoring you, which now I know it was probably a little douchy…” “Very douchy,
actually. But… I understand your reasons, don’t worry.” “Y-you do?”
two crawled a little more and got out in the pool gymnasium, the whole school
got evacuated due to the bomb warning. Nobody enters, nobody leaves, and that
include you two.
you didn’t want to leave, you were talking again, you had so much to say to
him, you missed him ever since that great week in the camp… telling stories by
the fire, having lunch together, making out in the lagoon… “Do you wanna go for
a swim?” he asked, taking his shirt off, you did your best not to look.
what if they catch us?” “Well, it’s simple, we go to detention.” You giggle,
well, nobody was here… you took your shirt and shorts off, thank god you had a
cute underwear, he probably agreed as he checked you out quickly, thinking you
two got in the water, it was slightly tepid. He squinted his eyes, you remember
he couldn’t see much without them and giggled, so you went close to him to help
him. “And what happens in detention?” you asked, trying to ignore his little
shivers to your touch.
you can sleep, do homework, write an essay telling who you are…” “Like the
Breakfast’s Club?” “Yeah… the teacher probably like this movie.” You two
you keep talking about high school movies after you two got out of the pool. “I
can’t believe you didn’t watch ‘Heathers’, Saeyoung! Seriously, ‘Mean Girls’ is
a B movie compared to this one!” “What about ‘Clueless’?” “Classic. But still…
Heathers is better!” “Blasfemy!”
hey, we’re forgetting the best high school movie ever made…” he says, and you
two sing together: “What time is it? Summertime! It’s our vacation! What time
is it? Party time! Say it out loud!” you two laugh.
sigh “I missed you, Saeyoung.” “I missed you too, MC… but what can I do? The
Choi brothers are… complicated.” “I don’t mind complicated, if you only knew
what kind of stunt I pulled to get a
scoop…” “I know, I read the newspaper for your scoops.”
uhm… I know the Choi boys are complicated, but… maybe one of them is a really
good kisser?” “You should ask my brother, I don’t know, I…” you roll you eyes
and kiss him timidly, when you’re backing away, he pulls you back, one hand in
your dampy hair, the other in your waist.
giggles through the kiss when you move your hand to his ass, yes, just like
was night when you two got out, turns out the little prick had copies of the keys with him all the time, he just wanted to spend some ime to you, but how he got the keys is a secret not even a great journalist like you will ever know.
he was complaining about how lame his glasses
were, you came close and took them off his face. “I can do something to get
them to cooler, maybe some yellow stripes?” “But… I can’t see without them.”
“Just another excuse for you to come to my place, silly. My mom will be working until
I can see the news! Nancy Drew having an
affair with Ferris Bueller!” “You’re way cooler than Ferris Bueller, now let’s
go! There are a few things I want to see ever since church camp.” You grab his
hand, and he smiles. He was complicated, but… at least he wasn’t alone.
The camp board flashed across your eyes as you entered the dreaded place. Every year your mother would send you for this camp and every year it was the same boring routine. She refused to let you do anything unless you went for it. A blackmail of some sorts. She pulled up to the temporary parking lot and you got out of the car to take out your bags. You picked them up and bid goodbye to your mother. You walk into the girls dormitory and quickly choose a top bunk before all of them got taken. You tied up your hair and walked to the main house where all the introductions and such took place. You looked around and mentally face palmed when you saw you were by far the oldest there.
“Welcome, you guys. I see some fresh faces and some old ones here too. Needless to say, we’re gonna have fun aren’t we?” all the little kids started cheering and everyone started socialising. Everyone, but you, that is. “Ooh and before I forget, this year we have a new instructor joining us.” the manager of the camp added, as a beautiful blonde-brown haired boy entered. He smiled widely showing his girl-killing dimples. “Hi, my name is Ashton and I’ll be assisting you guys this week.” his Australian accent was music to your ears. The girls started squealing and the boys started cheering. And you? you were captivated by him.
The lot of you went started walking back to the dorms when suddenly, you felt a hand on you shoulder. “Hey, I couldn’t help but notice you were standing all alone.’’ Ashton asked. You blushed a deep shade of red and replied, implying to the age gap, “I don’t really feel like I’ll have much in common with them.” ashton let out a laugh.”Well I guess that means, I’ll have to spend time with you then.” he said cheekily. You couldn’t help but excited at the thought of spending time with him.
The whole day, Ashton and you stayed together. You partnered up for some games and even exchanged numbers. This was the first time you were having fun at this silly camp. At 11 p.m. you were back in the dorms, your mind consumed by the thought of ashton. Time passed, but you were unable to sleep. At 1 am, you heard your phone buzz. you picked it up and saw a text from ashton ‘hey y/n, thinking about you’ you quickly typed in a reply. ‘Meet me at the main house in 5 minutes’ he replied with a quick yes and before you knew it, you were waiting in the main house for him.
He walked in, softly closing the door behind him. “Hi, y/n, why’d you want to meet?” he asked, walking toward you. “I was lonely” that being the best excuse you could come up with. He laughed lightly. “You really are something. Smart, pretty and a sense of humour, I could kiss you right now.” he blushed when he realised what just came out of his mouth. “Then what are you waiting for?” you said bravely. Ashton took a step forward so he was right in front of you. He lowered his face and you could feel butterflies due to the proximity. He closed the gap and pressed his lips against yours. He licked your lips asking for entrance and you happily obliged.
He slipped his hand under your t-shirt and kept them against your waist. His hands sent chills up your spine. He broke the kiss and started kissing down your neck. You let out a breathy moan when he found your sweet spot. He began pushing you backward until your back came in contact with the wall. He grabbed both your wrists and pinned them above your head. His other hand moved downwards and lightly squeezed your bum. He then whispered in your ear, “What do you want me to do, baby girl?” “Touch me ash, I want to feel your fingers” you replied quickly.
He let go of your wrists and tugged at your t-shirt, removing it in one swift movement. You wrapped your fingers in his hair and tugged slightly causing him to groan. He moved his hands behind your back and unclipped your bra. He moved the straps off your shoulders leaving a light kiss on both your shoulders while doing so, leaving you completely bare in front of him. He immediately started massaging both your breasts. He moved his mouth down and took one of your nipples in his mouth and tweaked the other one with his fingers. “More Ash” you moaned out.
Ashton kissed down your stomach and removed your pants and panties at the same time. “Such a pretty pussy, y/n. Who’re you so wet for?” he asked while kissing around the place where you needed him the most. “You Ash, only you” you let out and thats all it took for him to attack your wet, hot core with his tongue. One of his hands moved your legs slightly apart, while the other ran a finger up your slit collecting the wetness. He moved his mouth away and plunged his long finger into you, without any warning. “fuck, Ash, harder” you said as he added another finger and used his thumb to rub your sensitive bud. The pleasure was overwhelming. Ashton looked up at you with innocent eyes and said, “Cum for me, baby” and thats all it took to push you over the edge. You released your juices over his fingers and he licked them. He moaned and said “Y/N, you taste so fucking good.”
He came up to face level and kissed you slightly. Being the gentlemen he is, he said “Why don’t I take you out sometime, outside the camp, before we go any further.” you were slightly disappointed because all you wanted was to let ashton fuck you into another reality, but you didn’t let it show. “Sure Ash, there’s nothing I would love more.”