Jabberwakky: Growing up as a camper, now a counselor!

They say seven is the luckiest number and I would agree. Not only is seven the age when you can first come to camp, seven is the number of years that I have had the privilege to attend camp ocean pines. From camper to teen leadership to counselor, every year has been new, exciting and different from the last. In all seven years there has rarely been dull moment. The reason why is simple: camp is not stagnant. The staff change. The food changes. The activities change. So even when at the end of your session and feel as though you know the whole camp like the back of your hand, the next year the whole camp changes with whimsical, wonderful and "wakky" surprises.

Even after seven years i am surprised by what camp as in store for me. This year I led an activity that has never been done before. We held movie making 101 which is an activity block intended to introduce campers to the art of cinema and gives them a chance to make their own movie trailer. And like anything that is new, you never know if it's going to work until you try it out. So in the camp spirit of exploring new things we tried it out. Some campers signed up for the activity and as soon as I told them we were to making their own movie trailers, their faces lit up. They immediately started talking in their groups, generating ideas. And their ideas were often grandiose. Fortunately at the core of every story was something feasible that could be filmed. Each group charged out across camp, iPad in hand, looking for the perfect place to film their movie. One group picked out the gazebo region and began to work on comedy film. Another group stationed themselves at the cabins with a horror story in mind. But both groups had something in common. They had a vision; a story they had been waiting to tell. And they had finally been given the tools, the teams and the tap on the shoulder they needed to weave their tales. Some teams struggled at first, mostly because they had so many ideas but only a finite amount of time, supplies and manpower.

A few minutes later every team had sorted down to the key ideas and began to film. The blur of energy was hard to describe because the campers were truly involved. They were not only doing something fun with logistical issues and artistic appeals, but they were doing something that was lasting and they could show to others. As soon as they were finished filming, the first question was always when can we show this to the whole camp. They were so excited to show what they had made that they would ask me repeatedly throughout the week about it. At the end of the week, when the parents had come, we finally showed it. Child and parent alike watched in awe at what at been created. Every person was proud of the video, whether the movie be they come at night or pouring goat. This could not have happened if camp didn't continue to experiment and grow. That is why I say my seven years here have been the luckiest.