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A month

Getting stuck into the swing of camp life

semi-overcast 5 °C

Okay so it has officially been a month since I arrived in beautiful Canada!

So far I have had three groups of kids. The first two groups were insanely challenging for me. The first, even with three counsellors to about 10 kids, were difficult to get engaged. They were able to come out here at a greatly subsidied cost because of this awesome charity the YMCA has called "Strong kids" which allows us to bring a lot of kids out to camp who may not have had the chance otherwise. However, by the end of the week, although some of them had expressed apparent dissinterest, they were all saying that they didn't want to leave and asking if I would still be there next year which was cute!
The second, where I was on my own with about 11 kids were a little better, but it still wasn't flowing like I had anticipated. The funny thing was, on the last day all the kids were asking for the Counsellors' autographs! I had to hastily fashion an "Orion" autograph; I felt like a celebrity for 5 minutes.. it was crazy!

The third group however, were just amazing! I can't tell you how much fun I've had this week! For a lot of the kids, you mention the work "hike" and a harmony of groans ensue. But most of the group cited the hike as their favourite part of the whole week. It was so rewarding and encouraging to know that I was doing well as a Counsellor. The kids were all really absorbed and kept asking more questions even after I'd taught them the bare necessities; they genuinely wanted to find out more about the environment and were interested in the exploration day. On the last day, each cousellor got letters from their group. I had some awesome one's... one said "you are the best counsellor ever...I consider you a friend..." which was so amazing! I was so happy that the kids could call me their friend as well as their leader, which is definitely something I aimed for... I think it's really important that they can relate to you and feel like they can talk to you as well as having respect for your authority. It was so sad to see them leave! Unfortunately, due to child protection issues, I can't upload any pictures of me with campers but there have been some hilarious ones taken this week... for example the kids who played "fluffy bunnies" managing to fit 17 whole grapes in his mouth... so funny...

Today (Saturday) I'm just having a chill out day. I hung out in Nu West (the paid staff accomodation) with an Aussie, Bernie, for most of the day. I'm gonna go into Canmore (the nearest town, around 25 mins away) with Molly at around 7pm for Wunderbars and Reeses ♥ I just realised the other day that I haven't had chocolate in weeks and weeks! It's crazy... so definitely gonna stock up on some tonight, oh and smoothies too!
Then tomorrow, another chill out day but going into Canmore around 1:00 pm ish to watch the ultimate Hockey match.. CANADA vs USA gold medal olympic final! It's gonna be intense! I'm debating whether to go all out with red maple leaves painted on my cheeks. I will post any photographic evidence.

Just wanted to add a really sweet picture at the end here. This was the view of the sun rising immediately outside my house at around half 7 in the morning. What a gift to see when you wake up! I haven't really seen yellows in the sky before. We cycle the opposite direction to the main Bowfort Lodge, where the sun cast this pinkish glow over Mount Yamnuska and the adjacent mountain ranges... It was simply spectacular. Anyways, off for some munch... it smells like Turkey Masala! Get in!


Posted by KatieG11 07:18 Archived in Canada Tagged volunteer

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Way to go Katie!!! Will try and sort your bank cards tomorrow;Love ya !! Love Mum xxxxx

by Carol Goldsmith

Sounds like you're doing a great job and by group 3 it seems very rewarding especially when you great feedback from the kids. You seem like a real back to nature girl now (you've got your Mum and Dad to thank for that) and the scenery looks spectacular. I know they're dying to see you in a few weeks time. Anyway that's all for now. Have fun and take care.

by Lyn

I miss you so much! It sounds so great out there - you're so lucky! And it's so cute that the kid said you were considered a friend :) I love you, keep safe and continue having fun! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

by Gemma

hey kate, mum would like to know if auntie carol and uncle ronnie have arrived safely, hope youre having an amazing time! x

by kieran

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