Howdy, howdy, CFA friends & families. Us professional staff members are enjoying the unseasonable lack of cold weather here in the Hill Country. (Bill is biking and running hundreds of miles— literally! Allison is planning her garden and tending to her chickens. Stephanie is out walking with her dogs. Becky is beginning to clean up the camp trails for the Rock-Y 5K next month. Bif is getting to know his new Texas home. And me? I'm riding, of course!) But we are also spending a lot of time planning and preparing for this upcoming summer— and that means talking with new and former staff members to create eight great weeks at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow.
So today starts the first in a series of posts focusing on former camp staff who are making plans to come back for Summer 2012. These guys could potentially be your counselors and ad staff in 2012!
|Donncha, age 19, from Ireland|
University attending: Limerick I.T - studying Business with Sports Management
Noteworthy Hobbies, Skills, or Talents: Love to play hurling and soccer and discovering new music.
What exciting thing(s) have you done this past year that you want campers to know about? I have completed one of my ragger goals and I went to England over the Christmas to visit some of the amazing friends I made at camp during the summer.
Favorite memory from CFA 2011: The amazing things that happen in Carabineer club where the campers conquer their fears.
Place on camp where you could most often be found last summer: Definitely High Ropes.
Favorite Core Value: Respect because everyone loves when their thoughts are listened to and appreciated.
Favorite snack time ice cream: Has to be the Ice-cream sandwich.
Must-have items while working summer camp: A water bottle, sun cream (especially for me) and a HUGE smile on your face every day.
Advice you'd give to other counselors: Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and reflect on each and every good moment over the summer because time flies when you are having a great time.
Advice you'd give to summer campers: Arrive at camp with a smile on your face, lots of energy and be ready to have lots of fun because you are there for an awesome time that flies by.
What you're looking forward to most about this upcoming summer: Has to be renewing old friendships and gaining new ones and seeing how each and every camper has grown into a better person because of their experiences at camp.
Quote to live by: Be the best you can be!
|Sarah, age 20, living in Missouri|
University attending & job: University of Missouri. I teach hip hop classes and I'm Mizzou's American Eagle Campus Rep
Noteworthy Hobbies, Skills, or Talents: Been dancing since I was 4.
What exciting thing(s) have you done this past year that you want campers to know about? I have been working with organizations such as Mizzou Relay for Life and Mizzou for Movember to raise money for cancer research and cancer awareness.
Favorite memory from CFA 2010: Since I wasn't able to make it back last year I'm using CFA 2010. My favorite memory has to be my first trip up to Mount Vesper. Seeing that site made me realize how lucky I was to get to spend the summer at CFA.
Place on camp where you could most often be found: I tended to be down by the water activities as much as possible.
Favorite core value: Caring
Favorite snack time ice cream: Drumsticks
Must-have items while working summer camp: Water bottle
Advice you'd give to other counselors: Even when we are tired and its been a long day, remember the reason we are there: to make the kids have a great time.
Advice you'd give to summer campers: Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. The people you will meet here will be long term friends.
What you're looking forward to most about this upcoming summer: Getting to see old friends and campers from 2010. I miss everything about camp right now!
Quote to live by: Life's too short to be anything but happy.