Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Ropes - Week 1

Week 1 was very interesting, to say the least. It was my first hands on experience with kids outside of being a traditional camp counselor. I started on Monday at Camp HarborView. I've had many friends attend camp there, but I never have, nor been to the camp grounds. On the boat ride over, the kids were very energetic for 8 in the morning. It was their first day just like it was for me. At that moment, I could clearly see the difference of comfort level between them and I. They kept busy with games, songs, and catching up with old friends. Since it was the first day, we really only did introductory things. Bruce and Winston came out with us, and we all explored a little of the "RAC" line along the beach. We found a few crabs and a bunch of sea shells. The day was short and sweet.

The rest of the week, I was at All Access. This site was a little more difficult than Camp HarborView just because there was no introductory period. We jumped straight into the madness. We had a hefty amount of families and camp groups come out to our first day at George's Island. It was my first time hearing David Coffin's speech, which is now engraved in my brain. The boat ride over was less chaotic than the Harborview one, but we still had some fun. I played UNO with some campers who definitely embarrassed me. UNO with stacks just isn't my strong suit.

Being at George's Island was a lot of fun, and still is. We did not have much kids come to play sports, but the ones that did were really into it. One kid especially kept talking trash the entire way over about how he was going to give me "that work" in soccer. When we got to the field and started playing, I came to the realization of how out of shape I was. Good thing it was only week 1!

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