Tomorrow is the last day of Camp for us for a while.
It will be the conclusion of my 9th year leading the Canoe station at Prairie Hill Day Camp. If you count the year I shadowed Moose, then it would be 10 years. Plus a couple years I came before that as just a Dad.
But this story is not really about my time at camp. And, unlike the past 50 posts here and on Facebook, it is not about Anna either. 🙂 Although she has been at camp for a long time also.
This time it is the real brains and power behind day camp….Michelle, I mean Sprinkle.
She has been at camp longer than me. Worked in Pee Wees when Luke was little. Then shadowed a year with Beenie and Yoda. Tinkle and Sprinkle ran the show for a couple years, and then Sprinkle organized 500+ people for a couple years by herself.
Then Lipstick came forward and it has been the Sprinkle and Lipstick show since then. This is Lipstick’s last year also. Along with Bullseye, Sparky, and Scooby Dee. It has been a fun ride.
The camp has gone from stuffing envelopes and mailing confirmations to campers from our basement to now where the process is all online. It has gone from working on crazy schedules trying to get swimming and canoe to share time at the Pond every day at Camp Winding River to now having all the beach space we need to run both stations at the same time at Camp Pottawatomie Hills. Even the bus pick up has changed.
During this time the weather has pretty much been spectacular with just a handful of rain days and a couple episodes of lightning. Did I mention that we lost power for 7 plus hours this year on Monday night? We have even celebrated our wedding anniversary more than once at camp.
The amount of time and effort I have seen Sprinkle put in the months leading up to camp, while still working full time, is just amazing. She attends the Directors meetings once a month. She responds to email at all hours of the day. She thinks about Camp so much that it even gets in her dreams. You will have to ask her about that one.
She deflects the praise and recognition all of the time. Sprinkle will tell you that she has good people in the right places and that is why camp runs smoothly. Or, that she gets great support from Velma at the GS Office. She is the epitome of a Team Culture when it comes to camp. That is what a great leader does.
Sprinkle does it because she loves camp and what the Girls Scouts do for the community in building strong female leaders. This is her “fun job”.
I know the rest of the people stepping down this year do it for similar reasons as Sprinkle, it just happens that I see it up close each day and night.
As she said in the program guide, “It’s hard work, but my favorite memories are “camping” with the girls and adult volunteers. I’ve made so many lifelong friends. It’s amazing to unplug and be surrounded by my wonderful camp family all week once a year.”
Thanks Michelle for being an outstanding leader and role model not only for our children but for all of the future leaders. We love you!!