First of all, apologies for falling behind on my weekly blog post! Sunday was opening day here at Camp Awosting, and the week leading up to it has been CRAZY leaving me very little time to blog (which KILLED me, by the way!).
My last journal post nearly two weeks ago featured Camp Erin, lifeguard training and bear spotting (catch up HERE if you missed it), and a lot has happened since then.
The week began with start of staff training and the joint annual Awosting/Chinqueka campfire. The staff from each camp have been split into summer teams, and were each asked to prepare a song or a skit to perform at the fire. There were some great singalongs, hilarious games and a good amount of friendly competition between the two camps. The staff at both camps are so enthusiastic this year, and I love watching everyone getting involved and each bringing something different.
As I now work in the office, and we were manic with camp preparations last week, I missed out on a lot of staff orientation (although I can’t say I’m too gutted that I missed out on some of it – there’s only so many times you can sit through a talk about the daily scheduele!). We had lots of last minute calls and emails from parents about camp, and I finally got around to tidying and organising the camp store ready to sell lots of camp merch. I already have SO many camp tops, although mostly Chinqueka, but you can never have too many camp clothes…
We went on a ‘cultural’ visit to the local Goshen Stampede during one evening of staff training, and boy was this an eye opener for some of the staff who were in America for the first time! The Stampede featured a rodeo, a demolition derby and music from a very interesting southern hip-hip/country/rock band, the LACS (the Loud Ass Crackers). Surprisingly, one of their most popular songs ‘Keep it Redneck’ (the title says it all) has nearly 15 million views on YouTube – it makes for a pretty funny listen for us English folk! The stampede was full of fairground rides and food trucks, and I think I managed to eat my recommended sugar quota for an entire month in just one evening – mostly in the form of a HUGE bag of candyfloss.
Staff training finished with tribal inductions for the new Counselors here at Awosting. As I was in the Maricopa tribe over at Chinqueka, I automatically became an ‘Iroquois’ here as they are brother/sister tribes. Our tribal colour is red, so expect to see lots of pictures of me going crazy wearing my Iroquois gear with pride.
I finallllllllllllly had a day off, and we spent the day at Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island. It was SO nice to get off camp for the day, and enjoy the sun (and attempt to start the tan!!). The sunset was beautiful, and Scott (our Motor-Cross Counselor) managed to catch a few beautiful photos of the sky.
The campers are all now here and we are nearly a week into first session already! Time flies when you’re having fun, right?! I managed to get out on the boat with some of the water-skiers a couple of days ago and this morning I’ve been hanging out with the youngest cabin at their activities – it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it! We had our first social of the summer last night with the Chinqueka girls, and it was great to catch up with some of my old campers over there. Although I do miss them SO much, the boys are super cute and leave me messages around camp for extra points during cabin clean up!
After the bear incident a couple of weeks ago, we have had a few more visitors around camp. Tom (check out his awesome guest posts HERE if you missed them!) caught this amazing picture of a deer down at the waterfront yesterday morning, and I saw a deer and her baby running along the road a few days ago. We also had a snapping turtle walk up the beach and lay its eggs in the sand near the waterfront! The kids are amazed by it, and built a sanctuary to protect its eggs during the summer – we all can’t wait for them to hatch! Finally we had another visit from a huge bear at the top of camp last night – two sightings in one summer, what a treat!
Right, time to get back to work! Apologies again for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks but now camp has started and things have calmed down (slightly!), I will be back to my regular journal posts to keep you all updated! Don’t forget, I LOVE receiving mail! Write to me at:
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