Summer Camp

It’s not always sunny in Pennsylvania – summer camp updates

Over the last two weeks, I have been debating if whether to write this post or not. But I feel like it has to be done.
I have started this blog because I wanted to share my life experiences with others. Hopefully inspire others to travel and live their lives the way they want to.
I’ve been posting less and less over the last two months – I had this plan of writing few updates every week, but I’ve been living life between two extremes – being too busy and being too tired – I could not keep that promise I made to myself.
And that’s a bad thing because it feels like I’ve disappointed a part of me. I’m even going to something that resembles a lot like writer’s block. I blame it on being too tired and not having a lot of time to myself. But still, I will try to put some thoughts on the paper. 
I’m all about happiness, flower power and making the best with what you got. Being present in the moment. But honestly, after 9 weeks spent in a summer camp, with no more than 6 days off, things start to get a bit tangled up and messy.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it – the hard work, the early mornings, the late nights. The memories I’ve made (and still making) are priceless.
What I’m trying to do with this post is to let people that are thinking of doing summer camp see the positives and the negatives of the job before heading out to a camp.
It might or it might not be for you.
Believe me, over the last few weeks, I’ve seen plenty of people that cracked under the pressure of the job. Or people that just cannot do it. Summer camp is not for everyone. It involves living and working with children 24/7, taking care of them, but also leading activities and take charge of the messy stuff.
It’s not always happiness and good stuff.
Things get tangled up, especially between staff – there are 1000 people at my camp – 300 staff. You think that’s a lot, but spending every moment of every day together, it’s nothing.
Gossip takes over – everyone talks about everyone – everyone needs entertaining. People get into fights, people stay friends or breakup.
The thing that gets to me is the lack of privacy. You will not have any privacy,  you will probably live with children or with other staff.
Concepts like private space and personal belongings suddenly become very important.
I guess it should be about balancing the good things with the bad things, but sometimes the line is not defined. At all.
For some people is easier. For some people is very hard.
Nevertheless, this experience thought me a lot of things about myself that I would not have learnt under normal circumstances.
Summer camps push limits; summer camp will bring you near the point of breaking down. You will either make it to the end or give up.
And that’s ok – for both cases.
The most important thing to remember is not to loose yourself. Don’t loose your magic and the pixie dust.
Don’t loose yourself in the drama.
A good exercise to do at the end of each day is a reflection of the good and bad stuff that you went through during the day. Try to relate that to your own personal values.
Don’t be mean. Don’t judge.
And smile.
Summer camp will probably be a once-in-a lifetime experience.
 
 
Peace and Love,
M

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