To leave an urban setting to live in a tent in the woods just like thousands of boys have done for the last hundred years: that’s a very spiritual experience. Sure, they get on the bus and cry their eyes out — I did at 8 — but after a few days at camp, something magic happens.

— Brian Bradley, a camp counselor at Lake Delaware Boys’ Camp, in "A Century of Character-Building and Games" for The New York Times' summer ritual series.

Trent Gilliss, online editor

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