Heidi Heckelbeck Goes to Camp!
“Oogie da boinga!” Heidi Heckelbeck said as she grabbed a chocolate chip cookie from the dessert plate.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” asked Henry.
“Lucy told me about it,” Heidi said. “It means ‘wahoo!’ at Camp Dakota.”
“It also means you have camp spirit,” said Dad.
“Well, I have oogie da boinga too,” said Henry. “So why can’t I go to sleepaway camp?”
“Because you’re a SHRIMP,” Heidi said.
“Soon Henry will be old enough for sleepaway camp too,” Mom said.
“It’s going to feel like FOREVER until I’m old enough,” said Henry.
“Trust me,” Dad said. “It’ll go fast.”
“And so will this evening if we don’t hop to it,” said Mom.
“You two go and pack,” said Dad. “Henry and I will do the dishes.”
Heidi and her best friend, Lucy Lancaster, were leaving for Camp Dakota in the morning. Lucy had gone to Camp Dakota last summer. Now Heidi and Lucy would get to go together for two whole weeks!
Heidi’s clothes lay in piles on her bed. Mom had ironed name tags on to all of Heidi’s belongings.
“Let’s check off the last few things,” Mom said.
“Okay,” said Heidi.
“Now all I need are my tap shoes and a laundry bag.”
Heidi grabbed the shoe box from the shelf in her closet. She had tried tap in the school talent show, but that didn’t count because she had used a tap-dancing spell. Now she wanted to learn for real.
Mom took one last look at the packing list. “I’ll get you a laundry bag from the linen closet,” she said.
As soon as Mom left the room, Heidi thought of something else she wanted to pack—something super-important. She kneeled on the carpet
and pulled her keepsake box out from under the bed. She opened the box and took out two things: her Book of Spells and her Witches of Westwick medallion. Mom would never allow me to take these, thought Heidi. But what if there’s an emergency?
Heidi looked up and listened for her mom. Then she lifted a stack of clothes and carefully tucked her Book
of Spells and medallion at the bottom of the trunk. She patted down her clothes as Mom walked back into the room.
“That’s it,” said Mom, tossing a laundry bag to Heidi. “You’re all packed for camp.”
“Oogie da boinga!” said Heidi.
Then she shut and latched her trunk.