Last year I wrote this post after a great year of Girl Scout Day Camp. And now we are less than a week to go before camp starts again.
Training of the Program Assistants is complete. I was just re certified in Canoe Safety over the weekend. All that I really need to do before Sunday, is to pack, get my extra equipment ready, and make sure I have the right snacks for my program area.
Ohhh, and to support the Day Camp Director during the last crazy week. If you have ever been married to a Day Camp Director before, you know what I mean. I am sure that Michelle goes through this during swim season when I get closer and closer to Sectionals and State.
You see, once camp starts, the hard work is complete. The easy part is making sure everyone is enjoying camp. But the week(s) leading up to 500+ people covering 20 plus acres of land is far from stress free. The list of things that still need to be done seems to go one forever. The email messages keep streaming in. The phone calls are more and more frequent. And the software application on her laptop never seems to work the way it should.
We just need to make it til Sunday and then the fun begins.
I posted the title on my Facebook page this morning, and the first response was that I was weird. But it is true that I do already miss Girl Scout camp.
I am often asked why I go to camp.
Is it because my wife is the Day Camp Director and runs a camp that may be on any given day over 500+ people on the grounds? Did I mention it is largest volunteer run Girl Scout Camp in the nation? This is not really why, but it does make it a great week of family fun.
Is it because I have extra vacation time and need to burn it up before I lose it? Not really, but I am blessed to have a boss and company that really does understand the value of a strong community, and that volunteering in said community is important.
It is because I really do not believe that there are enough opportunities for young women to make a difference and to have leadership roles. This year I worked with 4 of the 114 Program Assistants (PA’s) that range from kids going into 7th grade to kids finishing 12th grade. It was a great experience to see them work together and to help younger Girl Scouts understand the finer points of canoeing. It is also part of the reason I coach High School swimming. I just want to make sure that there are situations in life that allow young women to make choices on how they can be Strong Leaders in the world going forward.
Next year my daughter will be a first year PA. I am sure she is excited for that as much as I am.
And I cannot wait for Camp next year.