This past week I was able to be a day camp counselor. I have only been to day camp once, which was two years ago, but I loved it because I fell in love with a little girl from the Children’s Home.
If you know me, you know that I am afraid of babies, and that I always say that I don’t like kids. Well, I think I am changing. That is very weird to say, but I know it is most definitely true. I am still afraid of babies – I hate when babies cry, and I definitely will NOT hold them.
Two years ago, my mom and I were co-directors for the day camp at Crowley’s Ridge Youth Camp, which was when there were two sessions of day camp. We had a ton of help, and it was a blast.
When I was co-director, I met this little girl from the Children’s Home. She was the funniest, goofiest, and lovable little child I had ever met. She was attached to me every single day of camp, and I loved it. I loved her smile; I loved her, which was weird to say, especially coming from me. But it was the truth – I loved her. A little kid had finally made me smile and laugh, and I loved it.
For this session of day camp, there were 21 boys and 6 girls. Whoa, right? That’s a ton of boys. Some would say that 6 girls isn’t that much, but I really liked having only 6 girls. Haha, please let me explain what I mean by that: When you have only a few girls to watch over, you get to know every single one of them very well. That’s the beauty of it.
Every step that I took, I had a little girl, and a few boys, running up to me constantly wanting to do something, either it be just hugging, talking, playing basketball, taking pictures, or just staring at each other, or having a burping contest (when you’re supposed to be napping).
I have always been a huge fan of outdoors and nature so I thought day camp would be great. But that is not the reason why I did day camp. I did day camp because I want…
1) the campers to know how much God loves them
2) the campers to know how much I love them
3) the campers to have a fantastic camp experience
4) to show the love of God to others
5) to make people smile and laugh