Week 1 and 2: done.
Week 3 is on deck, with so many new adventures awaiting. My partner and I are changing units, or “swinging,” to work with the 13 year olds’, which means we will spend almost the entire day away from our cabin, living out of our backpacks. Our cabin, Wyandot, and our neighbors, Winnebago, are pretty much the furthest away from everything in camp, so working in a completely different village will be a big change. We’re all excited, though, to be working with the lake village staff and seeing what life is like up there.
These first two weeks have been a blast. When we were all assigned to units, my partner Grace and I ended up in the Blazer unit, the 11 and 12 year olds’. Quite a few of the girls have been to camp for at least a few years, and they have helped me and Grace so much by getting into the swing of things and kind of leading us on. I know a few times they’ve brought up things that I’ve completely forgotten about.
This week’s cabin was so great. The girls (Claudia, Keeley, Julia, Grace smiley-face, Gracie B., Julia, Sophie, Abby, Maggie, and Lauren) clicked together right away. Fun story: about five of them had been in Fox cabin two years ago, so it was like a reunion. One of my favorite things about Camp T is once you’ve been a friend, you’re always a best friends. No matter how long you’ve been apart, you can pick right back up and move on, and our girls did just that.
They created “Princess Day,” where we all dressed up as a modern version of our favorite princess, had a picture of a princes pig on our table, sang “The Princess Pat,” and colored princess pictures. It was a great day. Also, I got to celebrate my birthday at Camp this week, which was so cool. My girls were so precious, singing “Happy Birthday” to me at flagpole before breakfast (they told me that they were trying to come up with dance moves but didn’t have enough time), and throwing a little party in the cabin. It was probably the first time in my life that I’d been surprised by a birthday celebration, and it was so fun!
We actually got rain this week, which was great too. It “rained out” Dominican Chaos, a field game that we were going to play with seven other cabins, so we went back to our cabin and colored more pictures, showed off our gymnastics skills, and had an impromptu dance party on the back porch with Winnebago. That’s another thing that Camp is good at: dance parties. You don’t even need to play music; the kids (and counselors) are perfectly content with screaming out songs on their own! Our cookout was rained in, so we ate our hot dogs, watermelon, and chocolate chip cookies inside and played “Would You Rather.”
Sometimes, inside is just as fun as outside.
In less than 15 hours, I’ll be back at Camp, getting ready for kids to come, debriefing the previous week, getting hugs, and finding out what clinics we’ll be teaching. Sundays are a beautiful combination of fun and awkward, with kids trying to get back into the swing of Camp and counselors excited for another week of kids. It’s so fun. I like the part where we stand on our porches, waving frantically and often jumping up and down when a car pulls up. The excitement is pretty much infectious.
But for right now I’ll enjoy watching Star Trek with the family.
P.S. Soon I’ll grab my camera and attempt to picture-journal a typical day at Camp T. We’ll see how these next few days go.