We have almost completed our week of staff training! It’s been a week of work projects, training session, teaching sessions, webinars, back pocket games, night activities, how to deal with specific camper scenarios, policies & procedures, surprise trips, meals together and tons of friendships, bonding and memories created.
Here are some of the things the staff have shared that they have learned.
- Every summer brings new things, new people, new experiences and memories
- There are Biblical ABSOLUTES, convictions and preferences.
- The variety of personalities here make the time and experience a lot of fun!
- Knowing a person’s personality type can greatly strengthen your relationship with them
- To appreciate camp beds.
- Backpocket games.
- The best way to make friends fast is to just be as weird as you are at home.
- Singing country songs makes work projects so much more enjoyable!
- Being accepted by others is great, but it’s not your only goal at camp.
- Sleep when you can.
- Be a counselor first, friend second.
- The importance of bonding and getting along with other staff members.
- Camp is for the campers.
- There is no room for drama at camp.
- Your closest friend may be the person you least expect it to be.
- Conflict is the greatest opportunity to grow at camp.
- Don’t return to staff again with the expectation that it will be the same as the previous year.
- Flexibility. You’ll never know when there is a surprise camping trip.
- That bosillo means little pocket.
- “When you are with a guide you trust, you don’t have to worry about which path you’re on …”
(a quote from Bob Goff Webinar)
- Not everyone has the same convictions as you – that’s ok.
- How to use a laminator and copy machine.
- As a CIT … I CAN be a counselor, with the Lord’s help!
- Pain lasts for a minute. God’s glory lasts forever.
- My heart and mind needs to be prepared so that when the unexpected comes, we can trust.
- How to make coffee.
- The importance of a relationship with a camper.
- That I need to be praying for God to effectively use me to minister through me to campers this summer.
- A smile and encouragement can turn around someone’s day.
- Take every opportunity to get to know and grow close to those around you. You don’t know if they’ll be there tomorrow.
SUMMER STAFF … 2014