Monthly Archives: July 2012

Soccer and more

Hi everyone!

I apologize again for the lack of updates but this week has been so fun-filled I have forgotten!

Last weekend was Carolyn’s wedding and I was honored to be a part of it. It was a lot of fun seeing my Gannon friends.

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After the wedding my mom and I left Pittsburgh early Sunday so we could get to the reopening Mass at St. Pats in time. All I can say is WOW!

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This last week I had the best time– I was put with a settler boy cabin full of 2-5th graders. I have never been so pumped through the whole week! The boys had a blast learning about the Lord and learning things typical boys their age struggle with– keeping hands to ourselves, eating all our food before getting more and keeping your clothes on when a girl is in the cabin.

The boys were a lot easier to connect with since I have brothers and mostly male cousins. They were all great listeners however it took them a while to realize that I was one of their counselors. I enjoyed being able to go on a hunt for one of our other counselors &seeing them SO excited when we won the Cassidy games at the last second. (shout out to Frank for saving our cabin a whole lot of tears!!)

After we sent our kids on their way on Friday, we started preparing ourselves for a staff soccer game versus the Jewish camp down the road. We played Saturday and actually won 3-2. I say actually because their team was mostly European. As in, they play this regularly. We had an absolute blast, we loved having a legit uniform and it was great seeing how another camp runs.

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This week I am with the pathfinders who are entering 8-10th grade. I love being with the little ones but the older ones are a welcome change.

Please know I miss an love you all–just a few more weeks til I am back home for a few days 🙂

Peace, Beth

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Back on main camp

Hello everyone!

Just a quick note to let you all know I am healthy, happy and very much alive!

As the summer progresses (can you believe it’s the middle of July?!) it is becoming harder and harder to gather the energy to blog on my breaks!

Last week was tough with some illnesses and injuries among the staff and some tough campers but I was continuously amazed by the energy and enthusiasm all my coworkers showed through it all! Everyone stepped up and I think it’s safe to say we’re all glad the week is behind us.

This week I am back on main camp! I am with the oldest trailblazer ladies, who are in 7th and 8th grade. They are super smart, easy going and go to sleep quicker than I ever did at that age! I have missed being in the middle of all the fun and am loving being back but I certainly miss the village as well.

The village has been blessed with some wonderful and beautiful campers this summer and I have learned as much from them as I (hopefully) am teaching them.

Everyone who knows me prior to camp would have probably been amused to see me all of yesterday. It started with a stream hike which involves walking through the creek in knee high boots. Unless of course you are a counselor like me and just wore your sandals. (The water felt AWESOME though!) We then put clay on our faces and got free facials haha! I looked a lot like PigPen from Peanuts haha. After that I helped with fishing and possibly might have accidentally let a fish die. I will aide in putting bait on the hooks an will take seaweed off of them but I refuse to touch the fish. Sorry, fish! Last night we had the water carnival and I helped with water dodgeball. Yep, pretty similar to what you’re thinking!

We are having a blast here and every time I begin feeling homesick, I remember how blessed I am to be here with all these beautiful people. Also, I get to come home on FRiDAY!!! I am eagerly anticipating these 48 hours in the eastern time zone and can’t wait to witness the wedding of my best friend Carolyn! It’s going to be awesome 🙂

Until then,
Peace, Beth

Catch up

Hi everyone,

Sorry for my lack of posting lately!

It’s another week here at camp and I love it. The more challenging the better. But as an update from last week– the kids came home from their trip and I was greeted with a huge group hug in front of the whole camp. It was so great to see them all an hear about their trip. I am officially an explorer now as I went through ritual with them on Tuesday night.

We said goodbye Wednesday but I have a feeling camp will be seeing most of those kids again. We cleaned in RECORD time that day to be able to leave camp (we’re usually done by 7-7:30 and we started our meeting at 5:57 So we were dismissed by 6:35ish!) We celebrated the 4th in the most American way we could think of without fire works (thanks for the drought ban, Saux county!) at famous Dave’s.

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On Thursday night a group of us went to a waterpark resort around here called adventure (?) and had a blast! Thanks Shane’s family for giving us their extra bracelets for the day!

Friday morning was greeted with a familiar face! My friend Patrick recently moved to the Madison area from Cleveland for a job at a large company called Epic. His mom came to camp to pick me up so I could spend the night with them and see his workplace. It is the COOLEST place I’ve ever been. Of you’re ever in the area check it out! (after you visit me, of course!)

Here are some snippets:

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It was a blast seeing Patrick and catching up since its been a few months. He is the first of three college friends to be moving to the area so I’m glad to have them around!

I’m a lifeline for the village again this week and the group is completely different and twice the size of last weeks. 16 kids! They seem like a good group so I’m ready to get to know them better. Even if it weren’t to work out i vowed to only complain for 2-3 minutes a day this summer. It’s been working so far and I don’t see a reason why I should be complaining– I have a job, they feed me, I have a bed to sleep on and on the weekends there is air conditioning (we pull mattresses into the lobby and sleep there) and I work in a place where God is fully present and loved. I am truly blessed!

Miss you all and I can’t wait to be on the east coast in just 11 days!!

Peace, Beth

Cool Aunts and life in the Village

Hi friends and family!

I am writing as a very tired but extremely happy counselor. This past week has been an absolute blast and I have loved every minute in explorer village.

This week my days were a blur of prepping meals, bringing them to the village, watching food prep, sharing meals, watching cleanup, bringing food back to main camp, afternoon shenanigans and devotions. The shenanigans were never the same and never boring. I watched (well, gave the okay to do so) the kids draw a unibrow on the other counselor who fell asleep, helped the kids sneak around camp and played all the best camp activities with them in the dark. Who WOULDN’T want to play panda ball and dodge ball in the dark or swim in the pool at 7am?! They (and I) also had great opportunities for Mass, confession and adoration this week. It was a good week for feeling refreshed in the sacraments.

On Wednesday I went with the group to a place called devils lake to hike and swim and grill out. Oh my gosh. Google devil’s lake trails. Yep. I climbed that. Extremely slowly. Way behind the kids. Crying at one point because of my bad knees. But I made it. And then we climbed down the fallen rock. It was the most inspiring experience ever.

This weekend has been unique as the kids stayed here to be two week campers. On Friday night their counselors were given the night off so another counselor and I hung out, made dinner, played capture the flag and watched The Lion King with them and spent the night in the village with them. Except they have cabins. I was in a tent. It was fine until we were about to go to bed at 12:30am when the girls started screaming bloody murder. Yep, they discovered the mouse family in their cabin. I am NOT a fan of rodents so I stayed safely zipped in my tent while the boys rescued the clan and put them in the woods. Ugh. Of all nights for the mice to appear! On the other hand, I was really proud that I made it in a tent alone in the woods all night without a major freak out. And got sleep too!

We sent the kids off on a canoe trip today with some other counselors and I told some of the remaining staff that I felt like I was sending my own kids off! They gave me a big group hug before they left and I reminded them off things for the trip like making sure one camper was careful not to rip any more pairs of shorts (the poor kid ripped 2 so far!) or reminding another to salute the dealer during the card game MOW since that was the rule that always slipped him up. They all asked if I’d be waiting by the camp arch when they got home and though I won’t be at the arch, I told them I’d be eagerly anticipating their return.

They are a big family in the village and call me “Cool Aunt Beth”. Maybe that’s for letting them color on Frank with markers or because one morning I had a hard time navigating the kitchen and showed up with frozen bagels, peanut butter, jelly, cream cheese, chocolate chips, coffee, milk, oatmeal and fruit snacks for their fruit. (the apples were MIA that day!) Either way, or for something else, I love it. And cracked up when some of the littlest boys on camp adopted the name when I ate a few meals with them on main camp. Only cool aunts persuade kids to eat all their carrots by eating her meal with no hands in return… Right?! (Side note: eating with no hands, no utensils or eyes closed are daily occurrences here at camp. As is licking your plate to clean it. Love that!)

This week I don’t have a cabin group since it is a short week and the explorers will be back Tuesday evening and everyone goes home Wednesday evening. That’s okay because last week wore me out and I had a 24 hour bug Friday and Saturday which is still making me feel less than 100%. I feel like its starting to go around camp so hopefully I only get it once. And hopefully it only hit two of us and the rest will remain bug free. (one guy was starting to feel it last night and today)

This week will involve me catching up with my letter writing– I counted I believe 5-6 I need to respond to so hopefully this week! It’s also the beginning of new trends. This week we are instituting Minion Mondays (have you seen Despicable Me ? No? Do it!)for the ladies on staff and Wolfpack Wednesday for the gentleman. Thanks to Wal-Mart for carrying awesome and cheap shirts. Pictures to come soon.

Peace and prayers to you all,
Beth