July 12, 2013
Finally! I have found a moment to slip away from the madness that is camp and tell you guys how things are going. By the way, I've noticed that I've been getting a bunch of new followers lately, so first of all... welcome! I've loved reading all your comments and messages. Second of all, you might not know that I'm away all summer, and have barely any internet access. If you've commented, or I haven't gotten back to you, it's totally not because I don't want to! It's just that my brain is pretty much mush at the end of the day, and you will soon understand why :P
In a word, my summer so far has been awesome!! My kids are all super sweet and super talented. The schedule is crazy, though. This is what it looks like:
9:30- Major I
11:00- Major II
1:15p- Rest hour
2:15- Minor I
3:30- Minor II
5:00- Department/ Bunk/ Relief duties
7:30- Evening activities
8:30- Department/ Bunk/ Relief duties
10:30- Lights out
They keep us well occupied all day long, save for rest hour. The classes I teach are guitar, songwriting, and coaching rock bands. One of our bands turned out to be all-acoustic, which I am SO psyched about. The kids were totally into the idea, and every day in that class feels like play rather than work! So far, we've covered the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons. One word: banjo.
I’m also part of the relief staff, which means I'm not in the actual bunks with the kids. We get a little more leeway with free time. For instance, I don't need to be anywhere in particular at lights out, which means I can go browse the web, use the staff pool, or loaf around in the staff lounges. But we also have other duties... I’m on the committee that puts together all the events for the kids, like the dances, carnivals, etc. We make all the decorations, come up with all the themes, and generally just kick ass :)
Another thing I do is camp supervision, in which I get to drive around on a little golf cart, trying to keep the teenagers from making out, and other kids from getting into general mischief. The other day, another counselor and I got stuck on a golf cart during a torrential electrical storm. We drove across an open field to safety! A harrowing experience, indeed.
Another really exciting thing, is that I debuted a new song at the staff concert! I had two great guys from the music department volunteer to play with me, and it was an AWESOME experience. Everything about it was amazing. I can't wait to share this new song with you eventually!
Photos by Graham Zinger for Appel Farm
I'm super sorry for the lack of pictures, but things have just been so busy! I genuinely like most everyone here though, and have become even closer to the staff from last year who came back. It's hard but amazing work. I'm looking forward to another amazing summer making the best friends, and changing lives through art :)
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