So I’m doing camp this summer…

Only three more weeks of camp and I’m starting to feel it.

Not to mention starting to feel the reality that I don’t have my life together. Or sort of.

I do have a job that starts in the fall, granted it’s part time and working for a former professor, but it’s a job, and it’s mine, it’s work I’m good at, though can still learn from, and I get paid.

I’m engaged to a wonderful guy and both of us are putting aside money so next summer we can actually start our lives together.

I have clear goals that I can realistically conquer over the next couple of months (after camp, for serious everything is after camp).

And I’m doing well at my job and I know the things I’m learning and progressing in at camp are going to be a benefit to me for the rest of my life…but still,

sometimes I can’t be proud of myself and my progress. I want to compare myself. I look at my facebook feed and see the things current college grads are doing and decide I’m short of what they’re doing. It’s so hard to look at yourself and say you are doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. It’s hard to say that you’re only going to allow God to define you. Really hard.

It’s hard to justify spending a summer at camp when I could be working a “grown up” job and preparing for real life. And yet,

despite missing my fiance, my family, my friends, not earning that much money, and working a job that’s not at all in my field (though is still improving me as a person in tons of ways),

Still, I’m so glad to be here, because I’m part of why girls come back year after year. I help girls learn to be independent. I help girls to look at themselves and see an awesome human being. I see girls realize they’re actually really good at doing some things. I see girls start building up life long friendships. I learn each and every week how to step it up as a leader and a mentor. I gain my own skills right along with the girls in firebuilding, cooking, and cleaning. Never before have I had to push myself every week to be on the top of my game and communicate well. And I spend my days and nights outdoors, make crazy desserts, and play the craziest games, and laugh and laugh and laugh.

So it’s good I’m at camp, because most likely it’s my last summer so I’m going to enjoy the crap out of it.

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I am Lord Voldermort: Camping Adventures (2)

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Another week has passed and so much happened. I worked in a unit with two counselors I wasn’t 100% sure about and in the end we had some minor glitches, but it was a successful week. We learned how to communicate better and I was stretched. It was also kind of nice being the experienced counselor this time around. And as you can see I got to be Lord Voldemort and battle Harry Potter, so that’s always awesome. Not sure if it’s a bad thing that I quite enjoyed that when I entered I scared a whole section of the dining hall. Although it was a little sad my Harry Potter couldn’t fight me for the first 15 seconds because they were too busy cracking up. Oh well.

While I am not a fan of late nights, some of the highlights from the week:

  • getting mail a couple times this week
  • two of my campers wrote a song about me
  • seeing the growth of some of my campers in just the week
  • playing kickball
  • sleeping in
  • watching my girls do glow in the dark high ropes
  • always closing campfire

All things considered it was a good week and I got a free lunch and icecream today. I had a lovely day, talked to my fiancee and am working with my best friend at camp next week. It’s going to be great. I’m excited.

Glitter on my friends 🙂

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Juanita

Camping Adventures the Girl Scout way

Come Sunday the girls will be arriving, I and my co-counselor will be having a blast with a bunch of teen girls until Thursday afternoon. I’m excited for the girls to arrive as my camp director says without the girls we’d be just a bunch of weirdos in the woods.

Training was really good this year, especially compared to last year.

I like the staff a lot and the training just felt so much more practical. This will for sure be this camp’s best year.

So some fun things to know about camp, Girl Scout camp especially.

  1. We have camp names: mine is Starlight. My counselors in my unit this week are: Giggles, Elphaba, Kit Kat, and Foxy. My bestie at camp is Pi.
  2. We sing a lot, like a lot. As work, as we play, before we eat. We sing.
  3. We empower girls to be themselves in our awesome all girl environment.
  4. Once a week we have scatters which are times when counselors teach the girls something they’re passionate about
  5. We have theme days and meals: on the last week of training we had a challenge lunch my challenge was to eat my meal without my hands, it was hamburgers, it was hilarious!
  6. Every week we have a cookout and we cook our own epic meals over the fire.
  7. Every morning and night we do a flag ceremony in the morning one we do the pledge of allegiance and the girl scout promise.
  8. We have kapers (camp for chores) to give the girls responsibility and independence.
  9. Half our staff is international the majority coming from England, but we also have women from New Zealand, Sweden.
  10. We offer awesome and unique camp experiences to hundreds of girls over 7 weeks every summer!

So yeah, camp it’s awesome it’s unique and it’s currently my first post graduation glitter adventure. I cannot wait to see what the next seven weeks have in store for all me. What’s everyone else doing with their summer? What’s your current glitter adventure?

More updates on camp soon 🙂

Juanita