well, it’s officially done. the kids get here tomorrow.
it’s really hard to describe the feelings right now. i’m am indescribably excited! but i’m also really nervous. these past two weeks have been a blast, getting to know the staff and making some really good friends along the way. two weeks ago i didn’t know anything about high ropes or archery; next week i’ll be teaching clinics in both. i know, for the most part, my way around the camp. at least, river village.
oh yes. that.
a lot has happened in the past few days. a lot of the same passed, going from meeting to meeting to learn how to manage kids or teach lessons or act during emergencies and stuff like that. they threw a bunch of fun stuff in there too though.
on… thursday, i think, we did some separate guys and girls time. the guys went on a man hike and talked about what it meant to be a tecumseh man and a man of God. it was a really awesome experience to fellowship with these brothers in Christ, knowing that i’m going to be working with them all summer. stuff like that makes it so much more than just a job, you know? it was really cool. then we got a roast going over the fire, played some ultimate frisbee and soccer, and just hung out and talked a little bit. we had a ceremony to initiate the new counselors, and each of us got a necklace with a shield on it. on the back of the shield is engraved joshua 1:9b – "be strong and courageous. do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." it’s a perfect reminder throughout the summer that we are sons of God, doing all things for no one but Him, and that because of that reason, we have absolutely no reason to fear anything or be nervous for any reason. also, it’s cool to know that every staff guy will be wearing the same verse around their neck. the brotherhood here is strong.
friday was the best day, easy. we all gathered in the kampen lodge to find out which group we’re in for the whole summer. they’ve revealed this info in crazy and creative ways in the past years, and this year they decided to tweet everyone’s name from their group.
it was the single most nerve-racking experience of the past year. no joke. it was so intense that becca asked if i had been feeling anxious when we skyped that night, because she could feel it that afternoon (that happens a lot). i don’t really know why… i knew that i was going to be happy with whatever group i got (though i was hoping for braves, the youngest), so that should have been enough, right?
ha. nope. my palms were sweating, i couldn’t sit still, and from what i gathered, everyone who hadn’t been called was feeling the same way.
finally though, my name was up on the screen – i was put with the braves! it was such a relief. i ran over to the rest of the group, who was cheering for me and the others that had been called. after everyone had been placed, we split into our groups to find out who our cabin partners would be. the braves had to do some water olympics do get puzzle pieces, which fit together with your partner’s to spell the name of the cabin you’d be in. after all the running around, it turned out that gus, one of my brazilian friends, and i would be leading in the mohawk cabin. i was (am!) so excited. gus is such a funny guy, usually without even meaning to be, and he and i have already connected really well. he’s a really easy guy to talk to, very easy going (his words were "i don’t ever remember getting mad before" and i totally believe him). it’s going to be awesome. plus, jarrod and his partner are right next door, on the same porch, and freddy and bobby are the next cabin down! it’s going to be great. God really, really blessed me with the people i’m working and living with.
later that night, we had a devotional with our unit (which is what they call each of the four groups: pathfinder, warriors, blazers, braves). it was one of the coolest things ever.we went around in a circle, talking about things like what made our day, what annoyed us, what our biggest fear was, and everyone could tell that we felt a lot closer by the end of it. people were opening up and being vulnerable, and it was obvious to see that we’re going to be really close at the end of the year. this is so awesome, for the obvious reasons, but also because it’ll trickle down to the kids in our cabins too. when they see us being friends, it’ll make it easier for them to befriend one another.
then last night we had an insane dance party. it was amazing. everyone was just throwing themselves around on the dance floor, not caring about what they looked like or if their dancing was amazing. rockin’ music, crazy people. we were all just having fun with each other, kind of getting it all out before the kids get here. but who are we kidding? we’ll never get it all out. and that’s a good thing, especially working with the braves.
i gotta admit that i’m really, really nervous. i’ve gotten used to just talking about having campers instead of actually having them, and while i’m psyched to be around kids, i’m just wanting everything to go smoothly. lice checks, check-ins, cabin crafts, tours. there’s a lot to remember. but the thing that i take comfort in is that God is in control of it all, and His will is always, always accomplished.
all righty, i gotta go. there’s a group heading to walmart, and i need to grab some stuff for my cabin. i would love your prayers that everything would go well, logistics-wise, for the first week of camp. please be praying that everyone would keep a cool head and that all the kids would be excited and have an amazing time. i’ll update during the week, unless i’m sleeping the entire span of my nights off.
which i may or may not do.