Today was the first day of camp. Anticipation and excitement for the summer oozed from our staff. They are ready.
I remember that feeling when I was part of the Day Camp team.
As a counselor, was I ready? Yes, I was! I trained for a week to learn skills on working with kids. I sang the songs, played the games, and somehow had unlimited energy. I was ready.
As a program director, was my programming good enough? That was a tough question. I knew what was successful before, I knew what the campers liked, I knew how to improve each activity… But, was it good enough? The bar was high and summer after summer we continued to raise it.
As director, was my team ready? They were, but I never slept the day before camp started. I was always too excited.
Being that this is my last week at camp, I thought I’d reflect on some memories that have made my time unforgettable and so special.
I got my first job at camp through a friend in the kitchen. It was March 2002. My responsibilities included washing pots, dishes, the floor, and helping to serve food. Come June I knew I wasn’t going to make it through the summer.
My supervisor suggested I talk with our Day Camp director. OK, I liked working with kids. That summer was the beginning of my tenure at Day Camp, which would eventually lead me to one day becoming director.
Here are a few moments I noticed today. No I haven’t teared up:
- I introduced for the last time my very close friend who presents the week’s slideshows. The staff loved her work, as they should.
- I took my last all staff photo. It went much smoother than years past.
- I posted on Facebook for the last time the annual “When will the first camper arrive?” question.
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Tagged camp, reflection
In grade school isn’t that what every child says? But it isn’t until we grow up that we find that we all were telling the truth.
Dads are the true superheroes.
Thanks dad for everything.
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Tagged father's day, life
My current move to NH has brought much talk about jobs.
Where am I going to be working? Currently no where.
Does that bother me? Not as much as it does my parents.
When are you going to start looking? You don’t think I already have?
Here is something I just realized. I want a job that changes the world. I want my work to be great, and to somehow have a positive impact on the world. I’m talking culture, environment, civil rights, etc…
I’m not really sure where this idea is taking me, but I am aware that my soul finally agrees with something my head is saying.
One of the most important things I’ve learned on YouTube this year is keeping things short and sweet.
Yes, there are key videos that need a storyboard, but as I walk around camp with my trusty Droid X, video opportunities such as this one seem to appear from every angle. I find my creativity peaks when I’m looking at the entire picture, not just small sections.
Making shorter videos also allows creative content to be shared almost instantly. The above video is a great example. Thursday night we had a staff beach party. People danced, they had a great time. Thursday night I was able to upload this video to YouTube and Facebook.
When I’m talking to other camps about videos I give them three pieces of advice.
1. 2-5 minutes
2. Storyboard key videos, let everything else come naturally
3. Take it, edit it, publish it. Never sit on material, it will most likely be forgotten.
NOTE: If you do happen to visit New York YMCA Camp’s YouTube Channel you will find videos that are longer than 5 minutes. These longer slideshows are posted for participants of weekend programs. I doubt anyone anyone other than the participants watch them in their entirety.
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Tagged camp, video, YouTube
This weekend, Ash and I signed the lease for our apartment in Dover, NH. One big step that will lead to many smaller steps, such as, gosh I hope our insurance doesn’t go any higher than it already is.
Ash has already started to pack, and by next week our living room will most likely be filled with boxes, labeled of course. All of her craft supplies have already been packed and I just noticed today that our pictures have disappeared from our shelves.
With all this movement, I’m taking in as much of camp as possible. Already I’ve experienced a few “lasts”. For example today was the last time I’ll help the lifeguarding class.
Last night I had a profound realization that in just a few weeks I’ll say goodbye to one of my longest friends I’ve had. Camp. I cried for the first time in a long while.
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