Monday, August 18, 2014
Today is our first full day of Bible camp. I've nicknamed this year's camp "Camp Plan B". Every year we have to be flexible during camp week but this year seems especially so. Our lead guitarist dislocated his shoulder on the way to camp. He had it "fixed" and came anyway. We didn't have enough counselors for the girls after we had some "day of camp cancellations of staff". I was planning to stay with my co-teacher but my co-teacher became the teen girl's counselor, I got a new co-teacher the day before camp and ended up volunteering to help out the little girl's counselor. We had 8 new kids decide to come to camp the day we started. Our camp director has a job obligation that he was not able to get out so he's coming every day at 2 pm and we're working together to fill his shoes before that (not that we don't all work together the rest of the time).
But it is all working out. Most of the staff are people that my husband and I have worked with now for 4 years since the inception of the camp. We did get one new staff member this year and are breaking him in. ;) The two new staff members we had last year came back which made us really happy. We have the most kids this year ever. I have 16 kids that I teach the Bible - 10 of them boys. All but 3 of them are kids I've taught all 4 years so they're used to me. My new co-teacher is an experience ps teacher so even though she's going to have to jump in without a lot of preparation, we speak the same language. I am going to move to a cabin all my myself tonight. My health problems make nighttime my most challenging time. I think I got all of 2 hours sleep last night. There are already two adults in with the little girls so I won't be leaving them shorthanded. And the little girls have grown up a bit since last year and aren't quite the handful that they were then.
Today is a full day with an obstacle course, a ropes course, a climbing wall, swimming, kickball, and some crafts. I've been invited to join the band since they got tired of having an all male crew. I love to sing so that will be fun.
Well, I'm writing this at Starbucks while on a run into town for supplies. I've had my snack and I guess I'd better get back to it.