I know, I know. You are all waiting with bated breath to hear about our first day at summer camp. You are, right? 🙂
To sum it up in one word – AWESOME!
I had to drag myself out of bed bright and early which I’m still used to from the school year, so it’s not too much of a shock to the system.
Once, I had myself together in my work “uniform”…
I headed downstairs for a quiet cup of coffee and packing up a few snacks and some water for the day. I didn’t even have to wake up the girls. They both came down on their own and where ready to rock and roll. The boy on the other hand needed a little helping hand with that getting up thing.
Since I had packed the kids’ back bags the night before there was no rushing around and we all got ready fairly leisurely.
Hubby took us to our bus drop right in the neighborhood and when we got there the bus was already waiting. There is a free express bus from our neighborhood to camp which is at the kids’ school and when I mentioned to the camp director that we were interested in taking the bus, she offered me the chance to be a bus counselor, as well. They like to have a mommy on the bus since there are quite a few young kids riding on it.
Little One ADORES taking the bus and loved looking out the window the whole trip to camp. She couldn’t quite understand why all the cars looked so small from our higher perch.
This afternoon, on the way home, she informed me that she would like to sit on her own tomorrow – like a big girl! Oh, my heart.
Once, we got to camp, the two older ones took off for their rooms. They are used to the campus and know exactly where to go. I walked Little One to her room, since it was the first day and this was also a first for both of us – her going off to camp and me to work.
When we got close to her room, I pointed it out to her and she slipped her hand out of mine, ran ahead and waved “Bye, bye, mommy.” Just like that, she was off… My baby, our littlest munchkin. Gone off, doing her thing.
I’m only a few doors down from where her “cabin” is and actually ran into her at one point during the day. She gave me a quick hug and went right back to her group. No muss, no fuss. She had a great first day and her counselor mentioned to me that she would have never realized that this was her first day care/camp experience, if I hadn’t told her.
All three of the kids came home with stories to tell and had a wonderful first day. That makes this mommy super happy.
As for me, I have nothing to complain about. I love and get along with the other counselor in our room(s)… Most of the groups we had today where great. The kids are loving the game room/dig (sandboxes for dino dig and buried treasure) and help clean up after they are done playing. I was so impressed with all of the three-year-old groups – the kids were adorable and so sweet. Just loved them.
We get the kids in our room on a rotating basis and can get to know most of the campers that way. The group counselors always stay in the room and the kids get extra attention. They help straighten up but we still have quite a bit to do after each group leaves. It’s also nice that we get some “free” periods on most days – then we have a little extra time to clean up and prepare for the next group and we can also take a look around camp.
I love this job!!! 🙂