In 1979, a little movie titled “Meatballs” was released. I was an incredibly young CIT and if I recall correctly Tripper (played by Bill Murray) was a well-meaning head counselor who took young Rudy (a lonely, misfit camper under his wing) and it was a summer smash! The song are you ready for the summer still makes me smile….so why am I sharing this with you? Simple! I had the privilege of sitting around a table at camp at our Key Staff Retreat. It was a great weekend. We went over the calendar, sorted out new programming ideas, planned supervisor orientation and staff orientation. A truly incredible weekend that led into Volunteer Day, which despite the weather was a wonderful (and productive) day.
I am very proud of the work we did this weekend and I am counting down the days until camp. We have a fun-filled calendar for the campers and a well-rounded orientation schedule for the staff. The team for 2010 is ready to go. We all left camp…well pumped for camp.
Every time I blog, I feel as if I get a little sappy about camp. I guess I do. You see in 1979, I was a CIT…we all had jerseys that said..cheap labor summer of ’79. I bet if I looked, I have it in a box somewhere. That summer was pivotal in my life, the transition from camper to counselor. It was from that I became involved in Y camps (yes , it was that long ago that there were Y’s and not JCC’s) It was that summer that I made a difference in a child’s life and my CIT supervisor…took an interest in a misdirected teen (me) that could have ended up in lots of trouble. It makes me smile ever time I think of that summer…I think I smile when I think back on all my summers. There are things that stick out in my mind…..turning points….most of them can be related back to camp experiences.
My team and I are looking forward to a great summer…..I can only hope that my staff doesn’t treat my like Tripper treated Morty!
Counting the days until camp….aahhh…who am I kidding I am counting the minutes.
See you soon…until then I will hum the “Are you ready for the summer” song!