2018 Week 7 NewsletterAugust 10, 2018
I live 10 for 2. I spend 10 months of my life thinking, planning and dreaming about those 2 magical months of camp. Lucky for me, not only does my job at Black Bear Lake allow me to do this, but I’m surrounded on a daily basis by people who actually encourage this behavior! The truth is, this isn’t a new love. As a kid, I was the ultimate camper… As soon as the bus dropped me off at home on the last day of camp, I would start counting the days until the next summer. I would pack and re-pack my camp bag waiting for the day the Special Events calendar arrived in my mailbox some time in April.
I can vividly remember working as a Group Leader the summer before my Senior year in College. Because in my mind, that was the end of my camp life. It was time for a suit and tie and the dreaded commute into the city for a “real job.” I would never be part of another Color War or Camp Sing ever again. It never occurred to me that there was a career out there that would let me live my dream. It wasn’t until the phone rang in the spring semester of my senior year, when by chance, the Owner/Directors from my childhood camp called me to see if I would be interested in coming on full time after graduation as an Assistant Director.
I answered very politely that I would love to, but I needed a “real” job. I still cringe to think about that response, since 15 years later I find myself defending my work as I’m constantly asked “What do you do the rest of the year?” by even my closest friends and family. (Spoiler Alert: I ended up taking that job. And it was the best decision I ever made.)
So your next question is…. “What do you do the rest of the year”? This essentially means that I get to spend every day working on making the next Black Bear Lake summer even better than the last. Just like the camp season, no one day is ever the same! Some are filled with Special Event brainstorming, meeting and interviewing potential staff who will look after your children, testing out new ice pop flavors or learning about the latest leadership techniques that we’ll integrate into our dynamic program. But the very best part of my job is that I’m surrounded by an incredible team of people who share my love for summer camp and are just as committed to creating the best summer experience possible! So here’s to living the next 5 days while anxiously awaiting the start of the 2019 camp season. But I mean, who’s counting….
Yours in camping,