Sitting this Sunday afternoon listening to the loons as they call back-and-forth on Woodward Reservoir, I am enjoying the last moments of quiet for a while. I can practically hear the sound of children jumping into the lake to take their swim tests. The Barn is starting up later today and we are really ready.
The staff have been spending the last several weeks becoming certified life guards and learning how to belay at the climbing wall. We’ve been going over developmental stages, learning about the importance of the imagination in our programming and getting to know each others styles and how to support one another as a staff. We have learned all about the campers who are coming and prepared our space from a long, hard winter. We are ready, staff is excited and can’t wait to greet their campers. I hope that children are anxiously awaiting the BDC opening, looking forward to another summer of fun, of digging in the dirt and taking care of our newest goat, Daphnie. Or maybe they are anticipating climbing even higher or choosing a more difficult route on the climbing wall, or building a fire with wet wood, or passing their knife test, or visiting Ben in the nature shed. Spice is tuning up her guitar and helping the staff prep for swim lessons, Meghan is tidying up the art barn and Sam is sharpening all the tools for our work projects. Nate is gathering wood for fires at Outdoor Living Skills. Gretta is preparing some new fun activities for Adventure Days and Betsy is weeding and getting the eggs going in the incubator for our farm. Counselors are ready to meet their campers.
So, bring on the summer of 2014 at the BDC we are ready for the noise, We are READY FOR THE BDC TO BEGIN!!