Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Day in the Life of Camp Rocks

Last week was one of the craziest, hardest, funnest, hectic, and worthwhile weeks of my summer. Camp Rocks is a week long summer camp now in it's 6th year. For more information, see Cindy's blog:Camp Rocks

I've been going to camp since I was in elementary school and have loved it! There are so many facets of camp that, when put all together, make for one unforgettable week. One of the fun things about camp is that all the staff goes by bird names. It's from the passage in the bible where Elijah was fed by ravens. My name is Daisy...as in Duck.

Cindy directs the camp and I am sort of her like her right hand WOman during the week. I'm also the Activities Coordinator. That means I schedule all the kids in their classes. I wanted to document the week in pictures because trying to explain it to someone is nearly impossible. Unfortunately, I didn't get all the pictures I wanted because I was running around like a crazy person, so here's what I did end up with:

Each morning started at 7:30 with staff devotions and then a quick meeting to go over the day's schedule. Then it was off to a yummy breakfast made by our world famous chefs Darrell and his sister.

Then it's off to Morning Watch. This is a time where all the campers have their own, individual quiet time. The whole camp spreads out on the games field. It's really a sweet time.

After Morning Watch, it's flag raising. I've got some fond, and crazy, memories of doing flag raising myself. It's a solemn time of honoring and praying for our country, but when you get tickled, there's NOTHING you can do to compose yourself. Trust me I know. Our kids here did a really great job.

Then it was off to Cabin Capers. This is a time where the kids get to clean up their cabin to get it ready for inspections. Since I wasn't a counselor, I didn't have a cabin, so I had a few minutes of free time.

Then the cabins were off to Bible Exploration. This is a time where the cabins have a time of exploring God's Word together as a small group. I; however, used this time to prepare for my first class: Nature Projects.

This was some of the things we did in Nature projects. We planted seeds, learned about how to read the weather, went on bird, trees, and insects walks.

After 1st period, we "lined up". We did this as a way to take a quick head count and to make any announcements throughout the day. Kids lined up by cabins, then headed into a delicious lunch!

After lunch, it was the counselor's favorite time of the day: kickback! This is like a rest hour. Of course, I was running around getting ready for my next class: CILT. CILT stands for Campers In Leadership Training. It's a 5 year long intensive training course that prepares campers to become leaders. I went through it and loved it!

Here's my kids working on some of their lessons and assignments.

After 2nd period, it was the camper's favorite time: Free Time! Just as the name implies, kids had free time to go swimming, play games or whatever they want. Cindy and I worked in the Tuck Shop. This is the camp store where campers could buy snacks and trinkets.

Then it was time for 3rd period. I "taught" a class called Potpourri. This class was actually the result of some quick thinking! We were short staffed and needed another 3rd period class, so Cindy, me, and Amanda (Cindy's daughter) all tag teamed to teach this class. We did crafts, decorated the camp and played games. It turned out to be a pretty cool class. Here we are playing cards.

After 3rd period, it was time for Cabin Time. This is a time where each cabin does something fun together. Cindy and I used this time to get ready for the evening activity. Each night was something different. This night was the 4th of July. We had a county fair and staff parade. It was SO much fun!!

After each evening activity, there was a message and time of worship. This night was lit sparklers on the beach and Brandy (Chickenhawk) brought the message.

Then it was off to bed...for the campers, that is! Cindy and I usually had to stay up and prepare stuff for the next day.

Here are some favorite camp activities:

Remember my cool new water shoes?! Well, Darrell (Rooster) got me some Jibitz...very appropriate for me at camp!

And so, another year of camp in the record books. It was a great week, but I'm glad to be home :)


oh amanda said...

Stace! That was great! You got some awesome pictures. I felt like I was back at Camp Cherith! You're the best, Daisy!

Kat said...

I;m impressed that you found the time to blog about the whole day! Very impressive! I love that pic of those 2 country girls!

mandi said...

I can tell you've used this line on kids before "Then it was off to Cabin Capers. This is a time where the kids get to clean up their cabin to get it ready for inspections." ... 'get to clean up' ... oh how fun!!! That would be my most favorite part of camp! Just kidding ... I love the flipped canoes!

Cindy said...

I'm just catching up on your blog- and I love your "chronicling" of camp!! I'm going to link to it. We did have a good time, didn't we???

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