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3 things I learnt at camp

3 things I learnt at camp

Author -  Sarah

3 things I learnt at camp

Okay so it was quite some years ago that I went to camp – too many to admit to, but three things that I learnt there – or at least expanded on were Organisation, Manipulation and just Enjoying the Small Things.

These are still serving me to this day.

  1. Organisation:Imagine you have 10 to 20 kids in your cabin, you have to help them find their clean(ish) shorts/socks/teeshirt/shoes etc, make sure that the floor is reasonably tidy and at least the bedding is on the bed if not in some sort of 'bedmaking' fashion, teeth are brushed, all food put away (you don't want critters coming into your cabin for their picnics), hats on, sunscreen applied...the list goes on, plus you have to get your self ready. And that is all before heading out at 7.30am for the morning call before breakfast.By the last three days of camp – you will be a black belt in organisation!  

  2. Manipulation:Yes this one may sound a bit sinister...but on a lovely hot day during free time, you may find that the majority of the other cabins (ergo your counsellor mates) are going to be at the lake, lapping up the sun, taking quick refreshing dips in the cool clear water, paddling in the canoes around the island, but your kids just aren't so sure of this idea. This is where the art of manipulation kicks in. Give them three options of what you can do,a. head to the stables and muck out and clean some tack b. go and set up the dining room for dinner c. or head down to the water for a quick swim with all their mates from the other cabins! I know where my vote would go.
  1. Enjoying the Small Things: I think only when you are with a group of younger kids can you truly realise that sometimes it is the small things that can mean so much.Seeing a deer step out of the forrest in front of you on a hike, when a tie dyed teeshirt/dream catcher/necklace has turned out just how the child wanted to – or even better. When you are playing word games and the quiet kid works it out the fastest. The simple look of complete happiness on their faces and the extra buzz it gives them for the rest of the day is just amazing. Knowing that you are helping to build their self esteem in such small ways but that it will be something that they will remember far past camp.

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Okay so it was 16 years since I did camp, and I can still say that it was one of the best experiences I have had in my life – and no I didn't come back to NZ and spend the rest of my days in a library. I have travelled the world extensively, meet some amazing people and done some pretty crazy things, but as far as experiences go I haven't yet done anything that was quite up to being at camp. And now that I have a four year old, these three things come in handy day after day and I'm sure will continue to do so for quite some years to come!
~Sarah - placed at Camp Nissokone YMCA

3 things I learnt at camp

Okay so it was quite some years ago that I went to camp - too many to admit to, but three things that I learnt there - or at least expanded on were Organisation, Manipulation and just Enjoying the Small Things.

3 things I learnt at camp

Okay so it was quite some years ago that I went to camp – too many to admit to, but three things that I learnt there – or at least expanded on were Organisation, Manipulation and just Enjoying the Small Things.

These are still serving me to this day.

  1. Organisation:Imagine you have 10 to 20 kids in your cabin, you have to help them find their clean(ish) shorts/socks/teeshirt/shoes etc, make sure that the floor is reasonably tidy and at least the bedding is on the bed if not in some sort of 'bedmaking' fashion, teeth are brushed, all food put away (you don't want critters coming into your cabin for their picnics), hats on, sunscreen applied...the list goes on, plus you have to get your self ready. And that is all before heading out at 7.30am for the morning call before breakfast.By the last three days of camp – you will be a black belt in organisation!  

  2. Manipulation:Yes this one may sound a bit sinister...but on a lovely hot day during free time, you may find that the majority of the other cabins (ergo your counsellor mates) are going to be at the lake, lapping up the sun, taking quick refreshing dips in the cool clear water, paddling in the canoes around the island, but your kids just aren't so sure of this idea. This is where the art of manipulation kicks in. Give them three options of what you can do,a. head to the stables and muck out and clean some tack b. go and set up the dining room for dinner c. or head down to the water for a quick swim with all their mates from the other cabins! I know where my vote would go.
  1. Enjoying the Small Things: I think only when you are with a group of younger kids can you truly realise that sometimes it is the small things that can mean so much.Seeing a deer step out of the forrest in front of you on a hike, when a tie dyed teeshirt/dream catcher/necklace has turned out just how the child wanted to – or even better. When you are playing word games and the quiet kid works it out the fastest. The simple look of complete happiness on their faces and the extra buzz it gives them for the rest of the day is just amazing. Knowing that you are helping to build their self esteem in such small ways but that it will be something that they will remember far past camp.

n500906281_1757067_90611-430x402.jpg

Okay so it was 16 years since I did camp, and I can still say that it was one of the best experiences I have had in my life – and no I didn't come back to NZ and spend the rest of my days in a library. I have travelled the world extensively, meet some amazing people and done some pretty crazy things, but as far as experiences go I haven't yet done anything that was quite up to being at camp. And now that I have a four year old, these three things come in handy day after day and I'm sure will continue to do so for quite some years to come!
~Sarah - placed at Camp Nissokone YMCA

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