It seems like just a few short weeks ago that we were greeting counselors with an optimism that this would really be the Best Summer Ever. The reality is that there’s a lot that goes into that hope that is beyond all of the careful planning and screening that we do each year…and all of the prayer and preparation. There are so many “moving parts” to a successful camp summer that one event affects the other and the season just plays out. In our wildest dreams, this summer could not have ended any better. In fact, of twenty-one, this ranks in the top two. It was just that good. It’s all about the people, and that part we can control. Our team has a gift of discernment when it comes to great leaders, and the result this summer was a counselor staff that I still am in awe of. Even after 11 weeks together for many…with friendships forged that will last a lifetime, their dedication to their campers is job 1. Junior camp requires the “A” team. We all want so much for this first (or second) camp experience to be the best that we work hard to get it right. I know I’m “singing to the choir” when I say that being mom to a group of 6 or 7 little ones is a full-time job, even if only for a few days. They are thriving in the challenge! There is nothing more gratifying to me than watching our counselors “come into their own” and provide an amazing experience to a cabin group, especially at the end of a summer of experience.
This afternoon, we tried a new Junior Camp “tradition.” I can call it a tradition because it worked so well. After several days of trying out all the favorite activities, we had three periods this afternoon where camper could choose their own “favorites” from Arts and Crafts, ceramics, riding, canoeing, woodworking, dance, needlecraft, tennis, splash, campcraft, diner (cooking), and high ropes course. I was out taking pictures and directing traffic, and it seemed just like the long sessions…girls were independent, with their little schedule cards…finding their way to activities. The only difference was that they were so excited that they RAN everywhere they went! It was a smashing success!
We hope that this week instilled a love for camp in your camper. We have loved getting to know her and watching her confidence grow. We thank you for the privilege and the trust that you have placed in us, and hope that this camp experience exceeded your expectations in every way.