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Bugs, spiders, mice, and kids.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Last week I was a counselor at a camp for kids from low income families. Kids are referred by their teachers to attend this camp. There is no charge to families; it is ran entirely on donations, grants, and volunteers. I've been a counselor for 7 years and I always have as much fun as the kids!

We returned to an old campground that we used to use this year. I refused to step foot on this campground and now I remember why. We had no hot water for the first 3 days. The cabins were infested with bugs and spiders. On the last night, we had a mouse running around our cabin. Being the mature counselors we are, my co-counselor and I packed the kids up and we had a sleepover in another cabin. 13 kids, 4 counselors, and 0 mice :)

Normally, we eat very healthy at camp. Along with being a regular summer camp, we try to teach kids how to live healthy, productive lives. There is always an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. However, this year, the campground did not give us use of their kitchen (probably because it would never pass a health inspection). So all of our meals were catered in. Since the people providing the meals were doing so at no cost, we couldn't be very picky. The meals were pretty heavy and not food I'd usually eat (McDonalds for breakfast one day, and biscuits and gravy another, etc.). I didn't gain weight, but I didn't lose any, either. I should be happy with that.

Now that I'm home and recovered (it's so nice to sleep through the night, without getting up to swat bugs or take kids to the bathroom), it's time to get myself back on track. I'll be working out with a trainer again this week and planning healthy meals!
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  • v ASOBFALLS
    emoticon to '0' mice
    1152 days ago
  • v HEALTHYNEWPAIGE
    So awesome that you are counselor for the low income kids camp!! That's great that the camp meals didn't add to your weight. Sounds like you have a great plan for the rest of summer with working out with the personal trainer and eating healthy. Enjoy the rest of your summer! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1158 days ago
  • v SWIMLOVER
    I think it is great that you have been a counselor for 7 years for a camp for kids from low income families. I am so glad there is a program out there for no cost to these families so their children can go to camp. I am sorry to here about the conditions of the camp.

    I am glad you are now back to eating healthy. Also, good for you that you did not gain any weight!
    1158 days ago
  • v IMREITE
    the outdoors tend to have a lot of critters. my local 4-h club always had volunteers that cleaned the camp ground a week or 2 before so it was ready.
    1159 days ago
  • v ELSCO55
    had a good work.
    1159 days ago
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