Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Camp Swag

        It has been forever since I have written. Yes, I know. I always start my posts like this. I guess it is just my thing. But for real. I feels like it has been an eternity since I have written. To help you figure out what has been happening lately, I will give you a scene setting. I am currently writing this from the staff lounge on my time off today. I pre- typed this in Microsoft word instead of straight to blogger because I didn't have Internet access in my cabin. If you haven’t guessed by context clues, I am currently at the quintessential American summer camp. Wood cabins, bunk beds, lake front, bears and the great outdoors is going to be the life I lead for the next 7 weeks. I applied for this job in early March, I believe, and was so excited when I got it. I even had a countdown on my phone that counted down the days until it started. I am so happy that I ended up here because this past week has been truly amazing.
       This is a sleep away camp, so I will be living here all summer. I was quite nervous at first because I was not really sure what to expect. This past week has been staff training, so only the counselors were on the premise, which was really nice. It has been great really getting to know all the people that I will be working with all summer. The cool thing about this camp is that the majority of the counselors here are international. So I am spending my summer with people from countries like Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain and South Africa. The past week was tough. We have have learned many things about the camp, wrote lesson plans, set up our activity areas and just tried to get to know each other. With that, we added in a staff camp out where we slept in tents all night and a staff talent show which was hilarious. Last week was exhausting but it has been rewarding to see the smiling faces on all of the campers. Just the thought that I have the power to make a child’s summer unforgettable makes all of the late nights and early mornings completely worthwhile.  
      Friday was our last day of staff training and I couldn't have asked for a better day. I have been here for a week now and let me tell you, I feel like I just arrived here a day ago. But, to tell you the truth, I couldn't be happier. The people I work with have become my family. In this past week, we all have grown to become so close. To me, I did not expect it. Everyone here is from different backgrounds, different countries, has different stories to tell and different life experiences. In the end, we find that we all mesh and gel so well together. We are able to work as a team and have each other’s back. We pick each other up when we are in a moment of despair or stress. We are able to communicate with just the slightest hand gesture or a nod of a head. We are camp counselors. We are a family. Everyone here is so nice and so pleasant to work with. Everyone is always smiling or able to make me laugh. Basically, to sum up this entire long post, I love my job and I could not be happier.

Love and summer camp,

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