We have just finished Mini Camp, a three day camp experience for the younger kids. I was with some Navajos who were the oldest of the group, aged 10/11 and we were overstaffed so had a ratio of 1:1 counselors to campers. This was good as, for many of us, it was our first real experience of camp.
For three days we basically got to go around with the kids and take part in a load of the activities. I made candy sushi (don't yell at me for saying 'candy' 'sweet sushi' just doesn't have the same ring to it), got a trip in a speed boat and made an awesome crown. Unfortunately there was some stormy weather so we missed out on going on the climbing wall and had to play rainy day games in the dining hall.
It was really nice for the kids to finally arrive, I think everyone started to enjoy themselves a lot more, having some energy to play off and be excited! We're starting to get into a bit more of a routine now, which is good and makes the time go a lot faster. It's so hot, you need the days to keep passing by. Otherwise you boil.
After minicamp, everyone had the night off and the majority of staff went out to an Irish bar. One thing they sold there is a 'trash can' a concoction of red bull, vodka, blue cuorco and more spirits I'm sure. This is a bad thing to drink, and made the night pass rather quickly and hazily. The next day, although we didn't have to be up until midday, we had 'Staff Olympics' organised for the afternoon. As you might think, it didn't go down too well, with most people opting to nap in the sun or just go back to bed in their cabins.
Real camp starts tomorrow! I'm with the Utes for the first session. These are the older girls aged 14/15 who should need a lot less attention than the Navajos who were full of energy ALL the time! Wish me luck.