a lot can happen in nine weeks...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

THE END...

...well, I've been home for a week now. Though far from being unpacked (or rested even), I'’m so glad to be back. Sure, I miss camp, a whole lot actually, but still, there'’s no place like home. Getting back into the swing of things is hard though! I woke up Sunday morning and went to go use the bathroom in my closet because that's where the bathroom was in relation to my bunk at camp. I still feel like a bit of a giant walking around my house. After living with very high ceilings for more than two months, the standard height ones at our house make me feel rather tall. Some things haven'’t changed though, unfortunately. My body clock is still on camp time, so regardless of what time I go to bed, I'’m still waking up at 6:30 every morning. We really are creatures of habit.

So, as my nine weeks are over, my "Tale of a Summer Long"” must come to a close. Here are a few concluding thoughts...

When I left home in May, I had no idea how much a summer could shape someone. I have to be honest, I changed a lot in the two plus months that I was gone. However, change isn'’t always bad. I've grown up, experienced new things, and survived new environments and people. I learned more than I would have ever thought and I probably learned some things I don'’t even know I'’ve learned yet. Lessons often take time to "“take." I learned more about God, relationships, employment, and definitely more about myself. One of the most significant things God taught me more about was patience - others'’ for me, mine for others, and God'’s for me. I truly hope that all the little (and big) lessons He taught me, often through my fellow staff, will stay with me here at home. I cannot thank God enough for the amazing Christian women He placed in my life this summer. I hadn'’t really known the value of friendships with other Christian young women until I lived with so many of them this summer.

Well, now it's over. I made many friends and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. True, I may be a bit different now because of it, but hopefully I'm simply growing into more of the woman God wants me to be. Thank you all for keeping up with me this summer. I felt all your love and prayers for me; I hope you felt mine! -mh

Monday, July 31, 2006

so sad to say goodbye

Oh, my dear, sweet Nicole! This girl and I grew to be so close over the summer. She truly did help me just push on through when I thought I couldn't. Nicole is from Lawrenceville and was also a junior counselor. I learned so much from her and will miss her terribly!


My tribe! A final picture of all of us together at the staff banquet. "Chippewas are what? Red Hot!!" All of these ladies were "red hot" and rocked my socks off all summer. They shared nine unforgettable weeks with me and will always have a very special place in my heart.



It's the riot squad! We definitely kept the camp rolling with laughter all summer long. Good times!


My precious Comanche sisters! They all, whether the really know or not, really poured into my life this summer. The special bond we had and have is something I will always cherish!
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little indians

All the hard work dyeing the sawdust, hauling those HEAVY bags, and crawling around trying to get it all laid just right...it really does pay off. Look at how great our last design of the summer looked!

The three Comanches on staff this summer holding our tribal sign.

My tribe!!! We'll Chippewa chop you!!!


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what makes me happy

Several things about being a Comanche make me extra happy. One of those things is getting to go into the "sacred" (well, pracically to boys camp anyway) Little Chief tent. The only females to have ever set foot in there are us Comanches. Here we are inside, enjoying our little secret.

Another thing that makes me happy is torches. I made all the torches that were carried at council ring this summer, and while sometimes I just got so sick and tired of nailing towels and wire to sticks, I took imense satisfaction in watching them burn baby burn.

Finally, the Comanche truck makes me happy. It's not actually ours, but we claim it since we use it more than anybody else. It's old, and blue, and drives really crazy, but we love it! We love it so much we adopted it into our tribe, gave it an Indian name (Old Faithful), and fight over who gets to drive. lol
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just "dyeing" to tell you about it

Every second Wednesday of camp, we have something special known as council ring where we all dress up like Indians, sing songs, and have some friendly competitions between the tribes. As a Comanche, I'm in charge (along with the other Comanches on staff) of the preparation for council ring which of course includes the amazing sawdust pictures we design to decorate council ring.

This would be me going a little crazy with the hose while trying to fill the baby pools we dyed the sawdust in...Sam looks a little scared. lol


Nicole and I pouring the very heavy bags of sawdust into the dye.

Felt a little like Lucy stomping grapes....lol
Our feet were definitely dyed red for the next several days. Mine are the ones at the bottom.
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don't know what was wrong...

...but evidentally getting those pictures to load wasn't a problem from my home computer. So, if you read my post back last week that was missing pictures, you'll find them below! Enjoy! -mh

Sunday-Monday

Sunday we had church as usual. I tried to get a few pictures of Katie and I while we actually looked nice, but oh well. hehe

That afternoon after mega relay, we had some serious free time, so we hit the pool and goofed it up.

My amazing underwater camera at work again...


Yesterday we had one of my favorite meals here at camp...Sloppy Joes! I won our little competion, as I typically do, the one difference this time being that all the other counselors got in on it with me. I must say, we looked amazing. lol

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Saturday

Saturday we pretty much went a little crazy. None of us had had our day off yet so we decided we needed to dress up to blow off a little steam. Thus, the SUPER COUNSELORS were born! (and note: yes, that is a bathing suit I'm wearing lol) If nothing else, we were super because we wore those outfits ALL day. I mountain biked and taught outdoor living in my cape! If that's not super, I don't know what is! lol


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Wednesday

Wednesday night we had our last campout. No more hobos and s'mores. So sad!! In honor of the occasion, I built a fire to rival first session's fire.


This would be me laughing and blowing.


And this would be the amazing fire it turned out to be.


Julianne and I sporting our post campout look. What you don't see is how dirty the rest of my body is!

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Monday-Tuesday

Okay, going to try to put those pictures up again from home....

We started our session off like we usually do, with sideponytail day. However, a few of us were inspired to take it the next step and go all out for an 80s day. Though barely, I am still a child of the 80s and I really enjoyed sportin' the look of that decade, I must admit.


Tuesday we had a little campwide twin day. Julianne, another Chippewa counselor, and I decided since our glasses looked almost the same that we were just destined to be twins for a day.


Tuesday night we had Flinstone 500. My cabin placed for creativity, as usual. hehe In case some of you didn't know, little, well, not so little anymore, Summer Peabody is here at camp with me this session. It has been so good to see her smiling face around camp everyday.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

bike and a hike

well, my day off was yesterday and after taking care of stuff I needed to do (like laundry lol) in the morning, one of my fellow Chippewa counselors, Holly, a counselor from boys camp, Dustin, and I went for a little bike ride up to the House of Dreams here at Berry.

Wow, it was intense! Four miles all uphill! I got probably a fourth of the way there and was just feeling sick riding on the bike, but I was determined to get up there and not just wimp out, so I got off my bike and walked it the rest of the way up the moutain. Ahh, and was it worth it!!!

The house and gardens surrounding were absolutely gorgeous and the view was positively breathtaking.

After a little picnic lunch and relaxation, we biked back down (very scary experience...steep gravel downhill for four miles) then went to get some supper and tootle around downtown Rome.

All in all, a very good day off for me. Now I only have four days left here. Feels very weird. I love and miss you all! See you soon! -mh

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

argh

just kidding on pictures. this silly computer isn't being very compliant to my needs. I'll have to try putting them up again later. for now, just use your imagination. lol -mh

overdue

yes, I know I'm overdue for a post again. I had thought life here at WinShape would slow down a bit as we pull into the home stretch, but no, of course not! lol So here's a little recap of what I've been doing (with pictures!! yeah!!).


We started our session off like we usually do, with sideponytail day. However, a few of us were inspired to take it the next step and go all out for an 80s day. Though barely, I am still a child of the 80s and I really enjoyed sportin' the look of that decade, I must admit.



Tuesday we had a little campwide twin day. Julianne, another Chippewa counselor, and I decided since our glasses looked almost the same that we were just destined to be twins for a day.



Tuesday night we had Flinstone 500. My cabin placed for creativity, as usual. hehe In case some of you didn't know, little, well, not so little anymore, Summer Peabody is here at camp with me this session. It has been so good to see her smiling face around camp everyday.



Wednesday night we had our last campout. No more hobos and s'mores. So sad!! In honor of the occasion, I built a fire to rival first session's fire.



This would be me laughing and blowing.



And this would be the amazing fire it turned out to be.



Julianne and I sporting our post campout look. What you don't see is how dirty the rest of my body is!



Saturday we pretty much went a little crazy. None of us had had our day off yet so we decided we needed to dress up to blow off a little steam. Thus, the SUPER COUNSELORS were born! (and note: yes, that is a bathing suit I'm wearing lol) If nothing else, we were super because we wore those outfits ALL day. I mountain biked and taught outdoor living in my cape! If that's not super, I don't know what is! lol



Sunday we had church as usual. I tried to get a few pictures of Katie and I while we actually looked nice, but oh well. hehe



That afternoon after mega relay, we had some serious free time, so we hit the pool and goofed it up.



Yesterday we had one of my favorite meals here at camp...Sloppy Joes! I won our little compition, as I typically do, the one difference this time being that all the other counselors got in on it with me. I must say, we looked amazing. lol



Well everybody, I've got a full day today. Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I fly through these last few days. I love and miss you all! -mh

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

last go round

Well, here I am in the home stretch. I've really gotten to thinking about this being almost the end, and about the goals and plans I had at the beginning of the summer and how I've gone about accomplishing them. I'm in such a reflective mood that I wish I had more time to write, but as usual, time isn't something we have much of around here.

My campers this session are definitely an improvement on last session, but I'm still getting to know all their little faces and characters. Not so much to say actually other than while I'm not excited about leaving, I am getting excited about coming home. I was worried that I'd be super stressed and upset about leaving, but God is really giving me a peace about the summer coming to a close. Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I finish up this last session. I love and miss you all! -mh

Monday, July 10, 2006

gracious

wow, returning staff told me third session was always the worst, and while I wouldn't label it the "worst," it has definitely been the most challenging! You know it's going to be hard when you're already dog tired on the very first day. And in addition to the exhaustion, we definitely have the most problematic group of girls yet. It even got to the point that I had to switch cabins to separate two campers. Argh!! This one little girl is the most awful manipulator ever. God give me grace if I ever have one like her! Anyway, just keep all of my tribe's counselors in your prayers because we are being pushed to the breaking point this session. My apologies for not updating sooner, but gracious, calling this session crazy is a complete understatement! -mh

Thursday, June 29, 2006

my paddle keen and bright...

So, we had Council Ring last night and, as always, it was so much fun. We didn't have as many Comanches here this session, but it was okay...a lot less stressful actually. Here is all of us in our face paint....

The only problem we ran into was my fault. lol We all held torches and I made them all yesterday...and then since I didn't know where to put them, I left them outside and they got rained on. Let's just say they were a little more soaked with water than kerosene. Ooops. lol They didn't exactly stay lit for very long.

This would be me and my best girlfriend here, Sarah. Sadly, she's leaving at the end of this session, soo depressing! Oh well, we've had fun and made memories!


By the way, keep all of the girls' camp staff in your prayers...pretty much all of us have digestive issues. lol The food here is not exactly conducive to a healthy diet. hehe Much love to all! -mh

 
Mary Helen Still
Chippewa Cabin 3
WinShape Camps for Girls
2277 Martha Berry Highway
(street address only for shipping packages)
PO Box 490086
Mt. Berry, GA 30149-0086