Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm A Summer Camp Counselor!


I'm writing from Four Winds Westward Ho, the summer camp where I will be living and working until the end of August. I am so incredibly excited to be in this beautiful place again. I worked here last year as the Office Assistant and I am really looking forward to experiencing a different aspect of Camp this year. 

That all being said, I had a super difficult time getting to Camp. My flight was delayed by an hour, so I missed the original bus I was supposed to take to Anacortes. Luckily, I was able to catch a later bus and there were high winds which resulted in the ferry being behind schedule. I made it onto the ferry just as they announced last call for boarding. All of this was made much more stressful by the fact that I hadn't slept at all the night before. Instead, I watched The West Wing (which seemed like a great idea at the time). Looking back on it now, with a full night of sleep, I am feeling much better about the whole experience. After all, now I'm at Camp.

I'm living in a cabin for the first time ever at Camp, and I have to admit it is pretty nice. Although, it really is a different experience than living in a tent. There are only 5 returning female staff members (not counting Heads of Activity Areas) so I am the mentor in my mentor cabin, even though I have never been a counselor before. 

Last night was a fairly relaxed night, we didn't have any required activities but most people gathered in the lodge to hang out after dinner. We also got staff sweaters, arguably one of the most exciting events of Camp for staff. There is always a lot of conjecture on what style of sweater we will be receiving. 

This morning I began the day by taking the swim test at 7:45 am. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I did create quite a bit of drama. Turns out, I had a bloody nose and didn't realize it. It was quite an exciting turn of events. I'm recovered now, but it was a pretty fun few minutes. After a freezing cold shower I was ready for the day. 

So far we have been playing ice breakers and organizing activity areas, basically just getting ready for the campers to arrive. I'm excited to see how the rest of the summer goes!