Summer Staff have officially arrived!

Yesterday at 4:00 pm – the counselors and support staff arrived at Camp Gilead! There’s always such an energy on the first day of camp. A little bit of awkwardness and uncomfortability mixed with excitement and anticipation!

We started our week of staff training … around the victory circle. We roasted hot dogs, made smores and the conversation flowed. When we initially got the group together, I challenged them to look around the group. These people would become their closest friends, one might become their spouse, others would be in their weddings – the relationships that were about to develop would be deep. (then I asked them if they wanted to take another look around the circle!) :)

It was a good first day. Pictures will be coming…

Do you remember your first day of summer staff training? I can remember thinking after the first night when I was a camp counselor…”these people are nice, but I already have my really close friends”. Even after my first summer as a counselor, I thought that I had my “camp friends” and probably wouldn’t become as close to these “new camp people” as last year’s folks. I’m so glad that I was wrong! Each summer I developed unique and special friendships with those that I worked with. Ahh…the memories! :)

Kimberly Mallory
Camp Gilead Program Director