|Lessons nine and ten
are my life.
As I was perusing the camp-blog world, I stumbled across a blog post that was written with inspiration from a poem by Robert Fulghum, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” America’s Finest Summer Camps is a blog for four camps on the east coast (apparently they’ve never heard of Foley, which actually happens to be America’s finest camp…). I like their list just fine, but I thought it would be great to create a list specific to what a camper can learn at Foley. So here it is…
-All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Camp Foley!-
1. There is only one way to clear a table. The Tablewaiter way. By following directions, I may be helping to make another person’s job easier.
2. The only way to be on time to Skiing/Wakeboarding is by being early. My actions can directly affect other people’s experiences in a positive or negative way.
Lesson three – I used to be very scared of Paintball, hence
the lifejacket I am wearing under two sweatshirts.
3. A lifejacket isn’t necessary at Paintball. It’s important to overcome my fears because the risk is definitely worth the reward!
4. When someone says, “This is a repeat after me song!” there is only one correct way to respond. Enthusiasm and positivity are contagious. It’s always important for me to have a good attitude.
5. Just because I don’t know what something means, doesn’t mean I can’t sing about it. Waddlee-acha? Oh nico nemo, oh golly golly gumbo? The Ricabamboo? Ichdan schpeelan – dukecan schpeelan? And don’t even GET me started on Flea Fly’s, “Eennie, meenie, decimeenie, oo wall a wall a meenie! Ex a meenie, zoll a meenie, oo wall a wall! A beep billy oh bo, bo bop a deep da, bo bop a deep da shh!” WHAT IS THAT! There is no reason for me to fear the unknown. Familiarizing myself with the unknown is the perfect opportunity to learn something new.
Sand in the bed, frog in the bed.
What’s the difference?
6. No matter how hard I try to keep it out… there will always be sand in my bed. Just because I don’t see the desired results, doesn’t mean I should quit trying!
7. I have to eat the green beans. There will be times I have to do something I don’t want to do simply because it’s good for me.
8. Sometimes I’ll have to do outside sweep when it’s not my day. Things come up and I may have to do things I didn’t plan on doing. I gotta roll with the punches.
9. The more ridiculous I look, sing or dance is directly correlated to the amount of fun I’m having. I can be comfortable in my own ridiculous, awesome, one-of-a-kind skin! I don’t have to worry about what others think of me.
10. Make it a great day or not, the choice is mine. I can choose to make the best or worst of any situation. No one can make the decision for me.
This is, in no way, the end-all-be-all list of things you can learn at Foley. These are just ten of the major lessons I got from my experience as a camper and staff member. I definitely think other campers/staff can learn these things at camp, plus so much more! What are would you add to the list? Let us know!