Monthly Archives: May 2012

Get Ready, Get Set….

Hi Everyone!

In just about 72 hours (give or take a few) I will be at Camp! I’m getting most of my things together (really, Mom! I have a plan!) but if you know me, you’ll know I DESPISE packing. Really. Almost more than unpacking! But I did most of my shopping and got all the necessities I need… like my hot pink watch, Disney Princess beach towels (yes, two of them!) and my new Chacos sandals. They’re….well, camp material. Not what I’d wear normally but the rest of the camp staff is swearing by them. Thanks, Dad!

I talked to Camp today and found out I will indeed be living with the campers which was something we weren’t sure about when I got hired. There was a possibility that I would be in my house already, but I think this will better connect me with camp. I’m getting really excited to meet the staff I’ve been talking to on Facebook for a while now (Mark Zuckerberg, if I didn’t already appreciate your website, I certainly do now!) and I’m eager to meet the campers that will join us over the summer.

Though I’m excited, I will obviously miss a lot of things back here in the eastern time zone, I heard today that the Rib Fest in Erie started. MMMM! If you’re in Erie, GO TO PERRY SQUARE! It’s such a fun festival! I’ll also miss my friends and my family and the things that’ll happen while I’m gone. Like the re-opening of my Church! Today marks the two year anniversary of St. Pat’s closing, but I have high hopes of it being open again by the time I come home for Thanksgiving. THAT would be an awesome homecoming! 

To help with my homesickness (its inevitable. I’ll try to prolong it as much as possible, but not seeing my mom until the end of July and then not til Thanksgiving? Yep, it’ll happen!) I am making a shameless plug for snail-mail. A little known fact about me is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE sending and receiving letters/postcards. So I am pledging that if you happen to drop a note in the mail telling me what is happening at home or school (or wherever you are!) or that you’re simply praying for me and the people I’m with, you’ll get one in return! (You’ll obviously get special prayers too!) I bought some pretty fun notecards back in Erie just in preparation for such an event!

My address will be:

Beth Gaertner
E10213 Shady Lane Road 
Reedsburg, WI 53959

This is a pretty long post so kudos to all of you who read the whole thing. I’ll leave you with two final thoughts. This New York Times article discusses the debate between Camp Counselor and Intern. Which is better in the long run? I feel like I could have written it. It says everything I’m thinking! And this YouTube video says everything I think my parents are feeling. Get Ready, Get Set, Please don’t go. (And yes, it is Billy Ray Cyrus. I’ll admit that unlike his daughter, he has some snazzy songs!)

Talk to you all from Wisconsin!

Peace, Beth


PS-If you’re looking for an exciting Friday night, join my family in Columbus for the State Championship Rugby Game! St. Eds vs. Cincinnati Moeller. It’ll be the first time in 7 years we have a new state champ, regardless of the outcome. Good luck to St. Eds and to Matt & Danny Gaertner, especially! It’s all about the  E!!

8 days! and What I’m doing at Camp

Hello Friends and Family!

I’ve created this blog to keep everyone up-to-date with my adventures during the next year. As you may or may not (well, you do now) know, I have accepted a position as a missionary at Camp Gray in Reedsburg, WI. Camp Gray refers to the team of missionaries as the SaLT missionaries. SaLT refers to Servant Leadership Team.

I will be on two different contracts for the year. One is just for summer, as Camp Gray, much like Camp Chris here at home, does 1 week sessions of overnight camp. In the summer I will be on the programming staff. There I will be leading programs such as arts and crafts, sidewalk chalk, music, hiking, etc. Most of you know, I’m a klutz and traditionally haven’t been very outdoorsy. Welp, as I’m sure I’ll hear a lot this summer- YOLO! (That’s You Only Live Once)

Once the kids are back in school, I’ll start my official SaLT contract. With the SaLT team, I will be helping with retreats and shorter overnights that come to camp. According to the Camp Gray website, “Our Servant Leadership Team (SaLT) Missionaries are passionate, energetic, and fun recent college graduates who have been called to serve in camp’s unique year-round ministry leading spiritual, team building, and environmental retreats and much more!” 

I leave in just over a week (8 days!) to get to Reedsburg in time to be Virtus trained by the diocese of Madison and start training with the summer staff. There is lots to be done before that including some shopping, seeing all the friends and family I won’t see until Thanksgiving and some very important rugby games!

You might not know but my youngest brother Matt and my cousin Danny are playing for St. Ed’s Rugby “A side” and if they win the game in Hudson tomorrow, they will play for the state championship on June 1 in Columbus. Go Eagles!!

If something exciting happens before that, I’ll let you all know. Otherwise, the next post will be from Wisconsin!

Peace, Beth