Making the Best of a Rainy Day – Counselor’s Corner: Ellie Hogg

elieAs the third full day of camp comes to a close, it’s clear the campers are starting to settle into the routine of camp, and having a blast doing so. Today’s routine was a bit different from usual, though, as our schedule was somewhat thrown off by the torrential downpour that struck right as we were leaving for dinner. The campers rolled with it like pros, though, and tromped down the hill to dinner, where they enjoyed their food and chatted with their friends in a somewhat soggier state than normal. I can’t stress enough how proud I am of our campers to accept any challenge or obstacle with a positive attitude and a sense of humor.

Normally, the campers would head to “Mandatory Optionals” after a brief break following dinner, but due to the storm, campers spent time in their residence halls playing games and watching a movie. Personally, I enjoyed observing a highly competitive and hysterical game of Apples-to-Apples. Luckily, the storm cleared and the sun came up enough for the campers to enjoy some community time outside, which many spent playing volleyball or football on the front lawn.

Following community time, everyone headed back to their halls, some to partake in Magic: The Gathering and others to write letters home. I had the good fortune of being able to join my girls in an impromptu sing-a-long, wherein I learned the incalculably valuable lesson that nothing quiets down the chatter of middle school girls quite as quickly as the opening bars of “My Heart Will Go On.” The campers aren’t the only ones getting an education at camp; they teach the counselors quite a bit, too.