Friday 10th June
7:31am Every morning the sound of bells over the loudspeaker wakes us up at 7:30am, and then this…
Loudspeaker: “Eeeeeeeeeeeevvverybody up, up, up! It’s time to riiiise and shiiine… It’s a beautiful day on the Rockbear campus…”
Bud doesn’t seem to care what it’s actually like outside when he says this – he’ll never make it as a weatherman.
8pm Went to Kingfisher Falls today with all the other counselors for a day off before all the kids arrive tomorrow. It’s a big shallow lake with a waterfall and natural rock pools about 40 minutes’ drive from camp. We took a load of food and drink and a stereo, and just hung out there all day to chill. I started to feel a bit homesick. I think it’s just because I was tired – the past five days of camp have been pretty intense with all the cleaning, new people and meeting after meeting.
I felt a bit left out too. Everyone seems to be friends already and I didn’t know what to do to get involved. I sat around with a few other outcasts – Emily and Cara and a few others – while everyone else was in this big rock pool drinking beers and having a laugh. I think they all came last year so know each other already, but I still felt like a loser perched on the edge. Me, Cara, Emily and a few of the other girls I met on the plane went for a walk in the forest, and it actually ended up being a good laugh getting to know them better. I guess I need to remember it just takes time to make friends.
Last night I went back to one of the guys from tennis’ bunk. I didn’t think he was that fit at the time, he was coming on to me and I fended him off, but I’m regretting it a bit now. Everyone was all over him at Kingfisher Falls and the girls keep saying how fit he is. There’s nothing like a bit of jealousy to make you like someone.
Anyway, enough of that. When we got back I went up to visual arts and our schedules were ready. This is going to be my day in session one…
- 7:30am wake up
- 8:00am breakfast
- 9:30am free
- 10:30am break
- 10:45am stained glass minor
- 11:45am break
- 12noon radio minor
- 1:00pm meet the girls at the bunk
- 1:15pm lunch
- 2:15pm ceramics major
- 3:15pm break
- 3:30pm crafts minor
- 4:30pm break
- 4:45pm creative writing major
- 5:45pm break
- 6:00pm dinner
- 7:00pm rest hour
- 8:00pm evening activity
- 9:30pm either on duty or free for the night.
We get two days off per three-week session. Obviously all the staff can’t be off on the same day so three quarters of the staff have the day off together – known as ‘normal day off’ or ‘lazy day’ to the kids. The other quarter of staff – the alternate day staff – stay on camp with the kids and play, or take them to the cinema, or whatever Earl and Bud have decided we’re doing that day. There are no lessons or majors or minors. It’s a chance for the kids to relax or learn their lines for their productions.
Alternate day staff – which is me – then get another day off that week to do what they want. This basically means that alternate day staff have four days off per session and the normal day staff have two. We get to hang out with the kids when they go to the cinema on lazy day and get a day off with the other alternate day counselors too. Sounds good to me!
We can do whatever we want on our free lessons. Bud said to make the most of being on camp and to try everything, so I will. During the week all the counselors have to share duties. This session I have to stay in the bunk on Friday and Sunday nights and then on a Wednesday go and DJ up at canteen. The other four nights I’m free to do what I like. GC here I come!
I’m well excited to be teaching so many random things. I need to do some planning for my creative writing major tomorrow. I have to show how I think the kids will progress through the three-week course.
I still don’t feel like I’ve really slept since I left home, probably too excited. We’ve got electricity now, but the beds are so uncomfortable and it’s still absolutely freezing at night. There’s never going to be any heating; I guess it’ll be better when we have more people in the bunk though. In the middle of the night I went over to the cubby where I keep all my clothes and put absolutely everything I owned on. I was still cold though. At least I learnt from my last bunk not to choose a bed near the bathroom, Rebecca must be freezing over there.
I really hope I’m in for a good summer. There’s been such a big run up and drum roll to tomorrow. I’ve spent the last six months being excited for it and the last week preparing. The camp’s looking pretty good now, the nails have been pulled out, the bunks are sparkling clean, there’s a fresh lick of paint here and there and I think, we’re ready.
One more sleep until the kids arrive!