Here’s the warning: Laughs Without Fear is on hiatus for the summer.
I really hate it, but the fact of the matter is that I simply will not have a lot of time to work on the blog this summer. This makes me pretty sad because blogging is a blast and I will miss so many things about it. I love interacting with readers and sharing tips with other bloggers. I LOVE finding new blogs to read. I am particularly fond of the college blogging community that I have grown to be a part of. Not to mention, I love seeing my traffic increase, which certainly isn’t going to happen while I’m away.
The good part is that I get to go back to camp! (Insert happy-dance here!) For my second summer at camp, I am pretty sure it’s going to be twice the fun! Camp is amazing, but it is a full-time commitment. The camp I work at is an overnight camp, so the staff lives on site and we always work on the weekends. In fact, I may only have the chance to go home one or twice the whole summer.
But the thing is, being at camp is hands-down the most fun way to spend the summer. Over the course of last summer, I became best friends with my coworkers. I got to work outside and go to the beach every day. Most importantly, I got to spend the whole summer talking about God and experiencing him touch the lives of hundreds of people. Plus, the food is superb. How could I not be excited to go back?
Living the camp life isn’t always easy, though. For example, we work some pretty long hours. When you live in a cabin with your campers, you are basically working 24/7. There are always projects to work on and places to clean. It can also be a very emotionally taxing job. We strive to create an atmosphere where kids are not afraid to talk about their lives and their relationship with God. Sometimes these kids have been through more than I could ever imagine. Lack of sleep and emotional roller-coasters make for a pretty tough, but fulfilling job. If you are thinking about working at camp, here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Be A Camp Counselor.
Here is what a typical day at camp looks like:
7:00am- Staff devotions. I think it’s so important that we have this time together and with God to prepare for our day at camp.
8:00am- Breakfast with the campers. Depending on the number of campers, meals can take a long time.
9:00am- Rotations. The counselors and campers do some activities around camp like boating, hiking, low ropes, etc. During this time, the kitchen crew cleans up breakfast and the lifeguards do work projects around camp.
10:30am- Chapel. I love this part! During morning chapel, we usually hear a staff member give their testimony and from someone about a mission trip that they’ve been on.
1:00pm- Afternoon game. Usually involving face-paint and a lot of running.
2:00pm- Free time until dinner. Campers can go to the beach, the craft cabin, rock wall, or any other activity around camp. Staff is usually working at one of these activities or on their break.
6:00pm- Dinnertime. Before dinner, anybody who has received mail has to embarrass themselves in order to get it.
7:30pm- Evening chapel. For this chapel session, we get to hear from the amazing speaker that stays the week with us!
9:00pm- Night game! Again with the face-paint and running, except it’s always more exciting in the dark.
10:30pm- Cabin devos. Counselors are with their campers in their cabins or somewhere around the camp. Lifeguards, kitchen crew, and other staff usually have some adventure at this time.
11:00pm- Lights out. Maybe. Pranks are always a possibility.
So, in case you’re wondering what I’m doing this summer, this is the gist of it. I couldn’t be more excited to return to camp, but I will miss working on the blog. I may be posting every now and then, but I will really have to see how things work out.
What are you guys up to this summer? If you are a blogger, what are you planning to work on?