Summer is almost over. While I hate to wish summer goodbye this summer was nuts! A midst everything else going on this summer I co-directed a camp with a friend of mine.
Several things we learned this summer while working at camp:
- Some people are amazing - some people clean up after themselves, are polite, have great manners, and are generally fun to work with
- Some people require extra grace - by yelling at me or trying to triangulate me against my friend you aren't earning any brownie points and I feel no obligation to do what you want
- New management means things are different - yes we know things were different in the past - yes we know change is hard - deal with it - don't yell at us - most of the changes come from the board of directors
- people don't read contracts - if you are contracted from a certain time to a certain time we mean it - we probably have a group coming in after you and we want to be able to clean up from the previous group before you arrive - we have reasons for the times we contracted you for - we aren't trying to ruin your life and screw with your vacation
- youtube.com has "how to" videos for everything
- how to fix a leaky sink
- how to check a sewage system
- how to rewire things
- Thank God for youtube and our friends who actually are professionals and fix what we mess up
- we have the world's best friends and family who help us when we are in over our heads
- we always knew this but this summer reconfirmed it
- We love seeing the joy on people's faces when they experience camp with their friends and family
- there is something amazing about watching a group home swim without having to worry about others
- there is something amazing about watching kids learn to fish
- there is something amazing (and hilarious) about teaching kids to canoe
- there is something sacred about families disconnect from electronics and spend time together
Do you have a favorite summer camp?
Where does your family go to spend time together?