My alarm goes off and it's time to get up and get ready for day camp. I fill my mug up with coffee and head to Eagle Child & Family Development Center in McCreary County for the start of day camp. When I arrive I have a brief huddle with my co-workers and we discuss the plans and activities for camp today. We then gather our supplies for the games and crafts scheduled for today. Today's activities require tie dye, socks, paint, wood boards, and balloons. There are a lot of fun things happening today. Once all the supplies have been gathered we head out to pick up the children. A bus ride later and the children have arrived and begin their day at camp. Children from age 6-17 years old attend our camp. It's a great time for the kids to all hang out and have fun doing different camp activities.
This week I am with our 12-17 year olds. I love getting to be with this group! We break into groups and begin by playing an icebreaker (balloons filled with questions, which then must be popped). After everyone knows each other it is then time for arts and crafts. Today we are painting wood boards. It is always a delight to see what children find fascinating and how each child has a different way of painting. After everyone has finished painting our next activity is tie dye! Today we are dying socks, what a blast! They all loved it and got covered in tie dye in the process. Aww the joys of summer camp.
Our next activitiy is lunch! We serve the children and enjoy talking and sharing stories over our meal. After lunch it is group time and we play nine square, circle soccer, and sing lots of silly camp songs. My favorite thing about camp is hearing the children laugh and truly enjoying their time here. After all the running around and singing its snack time! After snack time it's already time to clean up, get the kids on the buses and bring them home. After we drop all the kids up we get ready for the next day!
Hannah Ridner is a long-term volunteer at CAP's Eagle Child and Family Development Center. She lives in McCreary County (her home county) and had been volunteering with CAP for many years as a Community Volunteer before deciding to volunteer as a long-term volunteer. If you want to know more about how you can get involved with summer camp or any of our other volunteer opportunities email us firstname.lastname@example.org.