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By: J. Flesher
It’s no secret that we love Day Camp in the Park, with its acres of park land, natural lake, and family like feel. But this past weekend we were invited to counselor orientation to see the inner workings of how it all comes together.
The Senior staff of certified teachers, child psychologists, and sports professionals were all gathered in the main dining area for day one of camp set up. We walked in on counselor introductions but we must use that term loosely. As the staff went around, it was clear that not only had most of them had either been counselors at Day Camp in the Park for at least 5 years, or part of the Day Camp in the Park family since their own camper days. It was overwhelming to hear so many of them describe their love for the camp, the campers, and the amazing summers had by all.
Of course, it was a day of training so much work was also involved. The staff was busy reviewing schedules, participating in anti-bullying seminars, setting up the lake water front, cleaning the cabins, test running the bus routes, and reviewing general camp policies. I got a chance to watch all 3 Directors in action and their own decades of knowledge and experience is what drives all their decision making from who to hire, what to serve for lunch, and what activities fit best into which schedule.
Right away (R) ran right over to the Dance Instructor and yelled “hold me for a toe touch” while (S) made himself comfortable right next to the art director, who also happens to be his preschool teacher. Yes, they made themselves right at home.
This gave me a chance to head out to the water front to see what the American Red Cross Lake Front Certified Life Guards were working on. The lake front is, and will always be my favorite place at camp. Shaded and covered with white sand, peaceful is an understatement. I watched as life guards swam floating docs into the middle of the lake and anchored them down …10 feet under water. I later learned from head guard Andrew Garcia that these floating docs are used by the waterfront staff to increase their vantage point of the lake. If a camper accidentally, or purposefully swam out of range, the guard on the floating dock would see it immediately. Once the safety docs were in place, I watched one by one as each float was taken out and anchored down.
When I returned to the main area it was just about time for the senior staff to reunite with the Junior Staff. I took a quick detour to see some of the off-season improvements made before collecting my kids and promising them that there’s only 2 more weeks until they can come “home”.
To register for Day Camp in the Park, if you are interested in more information or would like a tour please contact: Karl at 845- 638-2515 or visit Daycampinthepark.com. Come see why this is a camper’s paradise!