I was going to write a summary of what we did for Youth Camp. However, when I started thinking about that, I thought it might be a little boring, and not helpful to anyone, reader or writer. I figure I’ll try to write what I learned during Camp instead, then even if it doesn’t help the reader, it may help me.
Wed. July 21st
Driving to the Field: Turning the van radio up real loud almost drowns out the “99 Bottles of Coke” song going on in the back
Soccer: I’m deconditioned. I can’t run like I used to. I’m a lot worse at goalie than I thought I might be.
Supper: You can eat an undercooked hamburger and not get sick. Caffeine after noontime does keep me awake all night, no matter how much I run myself ragged all evening.
Softball: I still suck at batting. Some things never change. Maybe next time I’ll try the infield for the first time.
Thur. July 22nd
Camping: I am good at following directions even though I am a man. My wife gave me the verbal directions while keeping the map for herself and I arrived 90 minutes before her at the campground. Also, do not call 911 from a payphone; they do call back (stupid kids…). Setting up tents is hot work, cooking by the fire is hot work, but reading scary stories to the kids while sitting at a table on the beach is fun.
Fri. July 23rd
Coming Home: If someone is supposed to fix your shower while you are camping overnight, make sure there are no surprises and they will be able to finish. You really want a shower when coming back from camping!
Sat. July 24th
Volleyball: I say that I can never get enough volleyball, but my body says otherwise. After 3-4 hours in the sand my lower back won’t support the rest of my body anymore.
Games: Know what you want to do and make sure you have done it before if you don’t want to spend eternity figuring out new games instead of playing them to keep the youth entertained.
Supper: Crispy chicken boiled in peanut oil is great!
Campfire: If you are going to have a bonfire, make sure you have enough time to enjoy it. We had 10 minutes 🙁
Sun. July 25th
Goodbye: It’s relieving when the last camper goes home for the week.