A day in the life...

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Aug 25, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My camp has the longest waterfront dock in the entire universe. Imagine how long it took for us to put it together. Bolt by bolt. I smelt like a man for a full week!!! (actually I still do ....that nice combo of grease, boat petrol, rust, sweat and dirty water, heh heh!) I'm getting browner by the minute....but I'm doing it Far North Queensland style, a tiny bit every day, not England style (where they think the only way to tan is to get beetroot red and then peel for a week!) The waterfront's amazing. It's got an enclosed shallow area, then lap pool with lane ropes and diving boards, then a slide and a big deep area out back for paddle boats and scuba diving! Waterski has it's own seperate dock beside it all for the boats.

We get nooooooo time off (but my waterski head is trying to secretly swing it so we at least get one period off a week). My typical day is....wake up 5:50 for run and swim train....7:25 wake up 22 sleepy 10 year olds...8am breaky...9:30 inspection....10am drive/teach ski/trick ski/wake board/knee board for the ENTIRE DAY. Wooooah! I love it so much. We have 3 boats and 20 kids in each period....) Camp days are broken up like school days, so there are 6 'periods' in the day and each kid has their own schedule so they know which 'activity' they need to be at. Waterski, instructional swim, tennis, soccer, pottery, volleyball, street hockey, baseball, jewellery making, ziplinning, climbing wall, high/low ropes course, skuba, horse riding, art, drama, dance, cheerleading, rock music, classical music, guitar, crafts, campfire cooking, outdoor living and adventure skills, etc etc etc... After 3 periods we have lunch and then we check the mail and go back to the cabin for 'rest hour' (anything calm and quiet and preferably in bed, ha ha ha!) Then dinner at 6, night activities till 10 and 'on duty' sitting outside the cabin till 1am.......ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!! (I'm on duty 3 times a week....the other nights we play street hockey, basketball, gym, hooky, pool, or watch dvds...no grog unless we leave the camp grounds - too bad we're 30 minutes away from absolutely anything!!!)

Some kids are amazing in my department and brought their own boards to camp so we get to do tricks and teach mad skillz! The freshmen are 5-9yrs and absolutely gorgeous. We go off the boom and teach them how to stand up and they're all like I WANNA GO WITH KATE. CUTE!) The greatest moment is looking at the grins on their faces EVERYtime they get up. Some departments have to force their kids to participate, so we have the best job. The funniest day was taking freshmen boys out with Haley to use the ski biscuit. We had twin monkey 5 year olds who don't speak english and just climbed over the boat the whole time. The twin's big brother (8yrs) and 2 naughty French boys. At one point we had the counsellor up front of the boat, comforting the 8yr old who was crying so hard and loud waaaaah waaaaaaaah (because he had to wait until 4th in line to use the biscuit) that he gave himself a nosebleed!! Haley was trying to grab hold of one of the twins as he dangled from the top of the boat, whilst trying to hold back the cheeky French boys who had just discovered how to turn the boats on! And the driver/lifeguard (me) having to do a rescue swim to grab the other little twin who had jumped in the water and was laughing his head off and swimming as fast as he could away from us!!!! ha ha ha! It was hilarious, because normally the sessions run so smoothly!!

 Driving is sweet, but even better is our rest periods (one after lunch and one before dinner) where we can just take the boats ourselves and do whatever! We're starting up 6am skis for the waterski staff only too. Can't wait!

Got sooooooo homesick today, which is really random because I am usually good with that. I had a sook in the bus on the way to the waterpark when everyone was listening to their ipods or sleeping. (good to have such huge sunnies!) Then I had such a fun day out I was like...what on earth was I thinking!? hahaha! Then on the way home, I sat next to the 'coolest of cool' sophomore boy camper in the bus... who was so buggered he zonked out on my shoulder (there goes his reputation, haha!) But I was just as bad and promptly fell asleep on his head, hahaha!!! Anyway. Camp is good. (that's our camp's motto......ha ha ha!) CAMP IS GOOD! Will write more later BYEEEEE!!!!

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