chaos. Just. Phoo. Greeted the sunrise at 6. No breakfast. Fun. check in started at 8:30. Parents decided that they wants to show up 15 min early and enter even though no one was set up for check in.
We got counselors situated at base camp. Met D and S for the first time. My group was supposed to be one of the bigger ones, so K was paired up with me,I spent all morning bussing confused parents and kids to base camp. Supersmiles all morning long ;) joined K for the last 2 minutes. Already had a kid -we’ll call him Eli- starting on the wrong foot because he was separated from his 3 besties and s the only 4th grader in a group of 19. Discrepancy much? Took us 15 minute to get mrs. Mom to leave him. ran 15 minutes late getting base camp activity started. Went over rules. Didn’t even start first rotation til 9:30.
Module 1. SmART. Basic patterns. Easy stuff. And then, as if we hadn’t cut the rotation short enough, we had a fire drill at 10:10.
ran back in, sanitized, 6 minute snack, and moved on.
Module 2. I can invent. Fun stuff. Learned about Edison. Removed a bajillion capacitors from kids’ electronics. Im starving st this point btw. That ws a project in and of itself. Also a pain to stay organized and calm. Especially during clean-up.
Module 3. game on. Played a couple team exercises, including that pair-up game where a caller calls out a number and you find a group with that many kids. Yeah, fun stuff, remember? -_______-. K left for lunch at the beginning of this rotation. Oh! At this point, i should probably introduce DanC. Ms. S’s kid. Sweet when he wants to be, but otherwise a royal temperamental pain who’s more than willing to test your boundaries and whine like the worlds out to get him and just him. Cn you tell I love him? *sarcasm, guys.* Switched with K at 12. Gossiped and ate with D and P. They’re practically sisters.
Lunch with the kiddos at 12:30. Went smoothly enough. Back to the auditorium with blue and green group. Collectively, we make up the three youngest groups. Yay :) taunt everyone the moose song, and then split the group to play red light green light and beat master. Aka Indian something or other, according to Eva and some other red grouper. The repeat song was definitely the highlight of my afternoon.
Rushed to power’d at 1:20. Started playing with a small AAbatt powered motor stretched to a pin that’s inserted into a cork nub with a toothpix propellor. Easy enough. btw, e ssecret password to get into our “lab” is “popcorn powered 7”. Don’t ask why, it was audrey’s idea. But shhhhh, don’t tell my campers that I told you.
Hatched at 2:20. Created avatars out of recyclables. Had everything from a 5incher to 4footer. Pretty darn cool. Also created a map for the secret island of Hatched. I had to convince Seth and Owen that their idea for an “underworld” wasn’t on the map because it was so secret that the portals couldn’t br revealed.
We were supposed to do a base camp activity st the end of the day, but kids left almost immediately. So yeah. Spent 15 outside at base camp, then regrouped with counselors, instructors, and both directors. Got check-in/out all figured out and we were good.
Thoughts about day 1? pretty sure D, P, and I are the ones pulling most of the weight. Can’t complain about S even though he didn’t show for set-up. A and R are fine, but definitely not the most proactive. K, my partner is just..iono. Shes not quite a confident leader yet, but it’s fine. My camper, Eli, was fine as soon as we started getting really busy. DanC is gona be….an adventure. Pretty sure S and K are together but no one knows for sure. Not gonna lie, S is sorta cute -not that I’m gonna do nothing about it. Just stating a fact. And he’s and incomming hs senior snd not bad with kids. All god things right ;PI’m for sure not the oldest counselor, but I definitely feel like one of the biggest leaders with the most experience. I’m not tooting my own horn either. It’s jdut s quality that shows after being a campist for almost half my life.