This is my first year as a junior counselor, my second day with campers, and it has already been quite eventful. Last night, after dinner, the cloudy sky darkened, and we all felt the temperature drop. The senior counselors told us that there was a chance of light showers, so we quickly pulled tarps over the camper’s beds-making sure their suitcases and sleeping bags stayed dry.
Thankfully, we moved quickly because just as we were finishing up, the deep rumble of thunder echoed across camp. We saw a few bright flashes of lightning, after which a light sprinkle began to fall. We immediately directed the campers to huddle beneath the easy-ups and tarps. Because council fire had to be cancelled due to the rain, we held our very own council fire right on top of our beds! We sang songs and played games right up until it was time for bed.
By bedtime, the rain had let up. We had the campers brush their teeth, put on pajamas, and crawl into their warm, dry sleeping bags.
Looking back, it was very impressive just how prepared we were for the rain — especially since we do not use tents or cabins. Everything ran incredibly smoothly, and all of the campers were safe and sound.
Around 3 a.m., I heard the pitter-patter of rain on top of the easy-up. I got up and made sure that the campers were covered before falling back asleep.
This morning, we had biscuits, gravy, fruit, ham, and cereal for breakfast. I then headed off to teach my activity — fire building. I taught the campers how to build both teepee and log cabin style fires, how to use a hatchet and an axe, and how to be safe with both fires and tools. After they built their fire, I let them light it themselves using a match. They were all so excited!
I walked past the archery activity today, too. The counselors in charge of the activity were describing bow and arrow safety, technique, and components. Afterwards, the campers got to practice shooting on our very own archery range.
It is now rest time, and I have just finished making the song list for tonight with the help of my fellow song leaders. Tonight, the “Apache Games” will be held. The camp has been excited all day because the Apaches “decorated” last night and left us clues about their games. I think they might have something to do with candy...
It is almost time to take the kids to their last activity, so I am going to send this letter off. I am having a lot of fun here and am looking forward to hearing from mom and dad soon! Tell everyone that I said hello!
Oh, I miss my shower too. It gets a little dirty up here. I guess that’s camping for ya, huh?