The members of our team are slowly trickling in and we have opened the gates of McGovern for the summer. This week our Leadership team, Kitchen team, and LEAD program counselors are arriving and spending the evenings snuggled deep in blankets to keep out the chill. Despite the rain, we're still getting our work done and spending time playing games, talking about Camp culture, and eating some really good food.
This morning the Leadership team had a meeting to talk about the values we need to cultivate at camp, how we plan to grow, and what we want to see happen this summer. No meeting is ever complete without a hilarious quote and Nightwing pulled from history for this one: B.C. is "Before Camp" and A.C. is "After Camp." It's not the only line that's been jotted down to remember and laugh about, our calendar is already filling up. Thankfully, Spinach found a lovely notebook that I'm going to decorate and make our official Camp McGovern Quote Book.
Moving to camp meant dismantling our office back in Waterloo, and Sunday morning I got an amazing Snapchat from Linoleum as he panned over the empty office, with Good Morning Baltimore playing in the background. He doesn't know how to pause music before he snaps, but I thought it added some pizzazz to the video. It's odd to see a room that was once filled with chart paper and post-it-notes empty, but our office at Camp has quickly adopted our Waterloo vibe.
Nightwing, Urban Legend, and a new friend in the kitchen have been working hard to make everything sparkle for summer meals. Our walk-in freezer was a little tricky to open due to the door freezing, but thankfully someone who came to do maintenance on the stove was able to get it to budge. So far on our menu we've had French toast with an amazing apple cinnamon sauce, teriyaki chicken with rice and chickpea salad, grilled cheese and tomato soup, as well as simple but delicious cereal. I just came back from lunch and we had pasta with chicken. Thank goodness for leftovers, I'm sure we'll still be fine dining on our weekend off.
Last night after dinner we all got together and played some games in the Hallman. Our new friend in the kitchen who has one of the best laughs I've ever heard came up against Linoleum in the final round of the game "Pterodactyl" (the reason our old friend Pterodactyl got her name) . She laughs so easily that we thought she'd be out in the first round, but as Nightwing said: "Everybody loves an underdog story."
We also played "Zip, Zap, Zop," "Bologna," and "Charades." Linoleum really knows how use up as much space as possible while acting out a prompt; he was up and down the Hallman floor waving his arms about and making all those classic Lino facial expressions.
A beautiful view of concession six, shot by Twist.
Today we've had a reprieve from the rain and the sun is shining as Mr. Ray Kipfer (our beloved Jack of all trades here at Camp) mows the lawns and does other handiwork for us. When you drive into Camp, you'll see a post that reads Ray Kipfer Creek; whenever Strum leads biking he likes to stop there and tell the campers about it.
As always, our life sized version of Einstein is with us this week and though I have known him for a year, he still spooks me whenever I walk by. At the moment he's sitting down at the Hallman reading a good book. His goals for the summer are to learn yoga, lead an activity, and hide in as many places as possible. He tends to fall over but we make sure he's upright when we can.
A month ago we got a giant donation from Value Village for our costume closet and Urb went sifting through it last night. He found a hat that reads "Greatest Dad" and donned it immediately; it's going to be his hat for the kitchen all summer.
We're currently building our Staff Training Week so I have to sign off, but just remember: 12 days until campers arrive! Have you packed yet? Do you know what to pack? If not, here's the packing list.
Enjoy the sunshine while it's out!