These past two weeks I’ve had the opportunity to work with a group of nine bubbly rising second graderssome incredibly smart, some energetic, and some giggly. It’s been a learning experience to say the least, and it has opened my eyes. For these kids, my fellow counselor and I have been teachers and role models. We’ve been the ones to tell them what to do and where to go, and we’ve helped them through classroom activities and assignments each and every day. But more importantly, we have become good friends to them.
There are few better feelings than the one I get each morning when I see smiling faces beaming at me and waving hands as campers approach the cafeteria tables to have breakfast as a group. They tell me that they love Camp Hutchison and that they have lots of fun, even that they wish they could stay there the whole day. I feel a sense of accomplishment to know that I’ve contributed to these kids’ love for camp, learning, and fun.
Throughout Camp Hutchison, I’ve read with reading buddies, colored butterflies, played duck, duck, goose on the playground, and helped with skip counting in math. A moment of success or a burst of smiles from these second graders has proved to me each day that I’m helping them learn new things, but also making the process fun, exciting, and rewarding. I’m so thankful for the time that I have gotten to spend with my camp group at Camp Hutchison this year.