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A Summer of Camp

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I am currently flopped on my bedroom floor staring at pictures from camp and trying not to cry. It is an unnerving experience. I didn’t expect this sudden, unexpected influx of emotion. Camp was wonderful, but come August, I was ready to leave. I arrived desperate for a break and camp gave me just that. It gave me time to recharge and refocus. By the end of the summer, I felt energized and eager to tackle the world (or at least, law school.) I was ready to go. 

Biking

Perhaps because of this readiness, I didn’t mourn leaving too much. I knew I would miss several of my fellow staff members, but I’ve said goodbye to people before. It was a great summer but one that had now come to an end. I was happy to stick all my emotions and thoughts into a “Summer 2017” box and move on with life. 

mountain view

I guess, though, that I should have realized that a summer like I experienced needs to be processed through. It needs to be remembered. The good, the bad, the fun, and the painful…all those things are valid and part of my experience. White water rafting, hiking, horseback riding and big base kickball, those are things I did. Me! The girl who previously ranked hiking alongside cavities, or rush hour traffic. 

Hiking

Turns out, I really like mountain biking and kayaking. I love the mountains. I’m not half bad with kids (though I’ll never be an elementary school teacher!) I really like Idaho and Montana. I proudly wear Chacos. You know, before leaving I wrote a blog post where I said, “At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m also excited to find a new side of myself.” Turns out, I did!

Eating

Camp was everything I hoped it would be and more. I found a new side of myself. I relaxed. I was challenged. I made friends. I learned to live more freely and more fully in the moment. Going forward, my hope is that the lessons I learned and the peace I experienced over the summer will stay with me. God is good. It was wonderful to be daily reminded of that this summer. Whether in the mountains of Idaho or the streets of Madison, may I always remember that God is at work and that He will accomplish great things. 

I worked here.jpg

(Photo Credit goes to Joe Jank who did an amazing job with pictures this summer)

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Camp Life 101

Welcome to summer camp, future counselor! Here are a few tips – 

1. You’re going to get a camp nickname. Embrace it. Just imagine yourself as Wasabi from Big Hero Six…

(Incidentally, my camp nickname is Kindle.) 

 

2. Walking, running, jumping…you’ll be doing it all! However, you’ll also be eating camp food which is chalk full of carbs. The camp life isn’t as healthy as you’d think. 

big hero 6

 

3. To be a good counselor:

YAS Mulan/BH6 crossover

 

4. This is how you and your fellow counselors actually look:

“ Phone Backgrounds → Big Hero 6 ”

But this is how campers see you:

Big Hero 6

Embrace it!

 

5. Some campers are going to love you. Others…less so.

Of course this would happen... I don't know who to feel sorry for though, baymax or rocket...

Regardless, love them all!

Tastefully Offensive on Tumblr, briannathestrange: Baymax from ‘Big Hero 6’ is...

 

6. Sometimes camp life is like this:

I just saw this movie, and this guy is awesome!

But it quickly becomes….

Big Hero 6

Be flexible. 

 

7. Always follow the Rule of 3 – never be alone with a camper. It gives you better odds when running from a bear

 

7. Camp life can be exhausting…

Big Hero 6 = Love.

And a little bit crazy

I love crazy! Big hero 6 Hiro and Hanz Literally died laughing xD

But it is always worth it!


Summer Reads

I was going to take a “beginning the adventure selfie” but all my attempts have failed and I feel extremely Basic White Girl so instead please enjoy this snapshot of the books I packed for the summer!

I tried to pick things I could really chew on and re-read since I will have limited/no access to books. I am looking forward to these!


What am I getting myself into?

There are two words that have never been used to describe me: athletic or outdoorsy. This is so patently obvious to those who know me that I can’t think of a way to stress how ridiculous my traipsing off to Idaho must seem. It is crazy. I’m the girl who has never worn sports shorts in her life, now I own enough to get me through a week easily. I’ve stocked up on sports bras and flannel and even considered buying chacos. I’m going to spend a summer without books or K Dramas or Facebook messenger. It is insanity! 

And yet…I’m excited. This is so not me that it is going to be a crazy, new adventure. I’m going to face my fears, be separated from my comforts, and hopefully grow in my walk with God. I’m going to learn new skills. For three months, I get to step away from everything and try something different. 

At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m also excited to find a new side of myself. I’ve been defined by my job for so long that I looking forward to discovering who else I can be. Who is Amy when you stick her 45 minutes from civilization and throw a cabin full of kids at her? My hope is that she will be someone who learns to live more fully in the present. 

Am I slightly terrified beginning this new adventure? Definitely. But I am also super excited. It isn’t quite backpacking across the Himalayas, but camp in Idaho for the summer is going to be a really fun, challenging experience. 


The blessing of an old friend

Tori spoiled me. I got to be totally and completely myself around her. You can’t do that with just anyone.

 The blessing of an old, old friendship full of mutual memories like Tori and I have is that I don’t have to constantly check myself around her. She knows my odd quirks and interests. We became friends initially because our hobbies and interests were unlike those around us. We share the same unusual, Gen J centered teenage experience and have a plethora of mutual friends. She was instrumental in and witness to all the little details that shaped me over the past 10 years. 

Tori has always been a partner in crime with me, willing to participate in every crazy scheme I come up with. She is fun loving and wonderful to be around. I’m so grateful that she visited this past weekend! It was a wonderful time but much too short! Thank you for your visit, Tori, and for being my friend over all these years!!