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“It’s always a joke: ‘Where you are on line? Did you get further on line?’ ” says Beth Rosenberg about the Visiting Day ritual at Trail’s End. Families started lining up at 9:30, anxious to race and find their campers. “It’s like the running of the Jews,” says Darcy Newman, Rosenberg’s sister-in-law.

All photographs by Gillian Laub

“I could not wait to just eat him up,” says Lisa Landsberg. She and her daughter Lindsay came to visit Jordan, who is spending his first summer at camp. “My mom made a really good cookie cake,” he says, “and she got me new Under Armour sneakers that I wanted.”

“My daughter’s friend said, ‘Everyone gets a basket on Visiting Day, and you have to get all the stuff she needs for Color War,’ ” says Judi Stern, grandmother of 7-year-old Julia Weiler. “They have this hairspray that’s tinted white and face paint and nail polish—it’s all very 2009.”

Darcy Newman holds a care package for her niece Lexi Rosenberg. “It’s a bunch of bunk junk stuff—a silly flyswatter, candy, stickers, flip-flops, cute T-shirts, baskets to put stuff in.”

Charlene Rosenbloom, with her daughter Kloe’s care package. At stores like Infinity and Lester’s on the Upper East Side, and the Sweet Spot Shoppe in Plainview, parents pick up Trail’s End–branded merchandise.

“You would think they haven’t eaten in three years,” says Beth Rosenberg. She has three children at Trail’s End—Aly, Matt, and Lexi (each in green shirts). Her picnic menu included Chinese food, steak sandwiches, and Greek salads with extra feta cheese and special dressing.

Families rush to grab their favorite lunch spots. Here, the Weisses—grandmother Carole, father Scott, and camper Cooper.

“My memory of Visiting Day was getting such an abundance of packages and candy,” says Danielle Lenson, standing at left, who met her husband when they were both Trail’s End campers. “My mom would say, ‘Hide the candy so no one would find it.’ ” She brought her daughter Carly (far right) a care package with a poster of Selena Gomez.

Renee Epstein has her picture taken by a friend’s father at the lake. Afternoon activities include banana boats, a water trampoline, and a zip line.

Lexi Rosenberg pushes her father into the lake. “They had a big floating trampoline out there,” says Joe Rosenberg. “I was bouncing kids off the float in the lake.” “My mom got me that bathing suit,” says Lexi. “That came in the bucket, too. That was a surprise.”

Aly Rosenberg, in her bunk, surrounded by posters and photos. Parents download photos of their campers on the Trail’s End website and put them into scrapbooks, which they bring to their children on Visiting Day.

Devon Reisman sits on a friend’s bed in Bunk 13. Most of Trail’s End’s 540 campers live in bunks of about twelve kids and four counselors. The bunks have private bathrooms and showers. Every camper has a single bed—counselors sleep in bunk beds.

Aly and Lexi Rosenberg say good-bye to their parents at 4:45 p.m. “They know that the next time they see us, camp’s over,” says Beth. Camp ends on August 16 this year. “They cry more when they leave camp than on Visiting Day.”

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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