For the last four years, I’ve been a proud camper at Kamp Kenwood. This year, I gladly joined the elite, yet exhausted, group of summer staff for one of the best summers ever. With some other staff, I traveled to Colorado in July to take in the wonderful ACE Institute conference. In late August, I got to not only watch my first solar eclipse, but watch a bunch of kids in our Junior Five camp session see their first one as well. And that was almost as cool as the actual event. There were about fifty people of all ages staring up at the sky for a once-in-a-lifetime event.
For our version of Capture the Flag, I got to cheer on both teams as a jail guard, and watched one of our three Alis paint her entire hands blue in team spirit. Many s’mores were burnt and eaten this summer, and even more spiders were swatted out of cabins by the hands of brave campers and (sometimes) counselors.
This summer, I wore the same pair of sandals every day, resulting in tan lines my friends laugh at when they see them. This summer, I watched campers form new friendships and greet old friends from years before. I ate meal after meal with these rambunctious kids, and I wouldn’t have traded it for a vacation.
Each summer, the staff write their own lesson plans, which enables us to teach campers about issues that are relevant to them. A few years ago, we talked about immigration, and this year, we discussed food waste and the impact of it on the Earth.
Not only do the campers learn, they make friends, and have a blast at camp. The lake was teeming with the energy they brought, along with their unwavering enthusiasm for everything we had to offer.
And as your kids get older, and go to Junior High, and eventually Senior Camp, they become confident, and learn to speak up for what they believe in. After all, they will rule the world someday.
Parents, thank you for giving not only me, but the rest of the summer staff some of our favorite memories. It was a pleasure to work there and be a part of their experiences here at WFU Kamp Kenwood.