Here comes the rain: A day in the life of a waterfront staff at Kalalla 2018
6:30 – wake up to the sound of rain. Hope it’s just the trees dripping. Decide to do polar bear dip anyway.
6:45 – wake up campers with enthusiasm!
7:00 – stand in light rain as campers arrive at waterfront. Encourage them that it’s not that cold. Campers realize it’s not that cold.
7:30 – convince campers to get out of the water, since they’re having so much fun!
8:10 – walk with purpose up the hill, since we’re going to be late for breakfast again.
8:15 – enjoy an amazing breakfast (thanks, Kitchen Staff!), sing Good Morning to the campers
8:45 – it’s time for “Announcements”!
9:00 – have a quick staff meeting, where we hear that it’s going to rain all day. Decide to keep waterfront open unless it thunderstorms.
9:30 – Units 4 and 5 are late again…
9:45 – Tip Unit 4 out of kayaks – I mean, teach them wet exits…
10:10 – Unit 5 finally arrives for swimming.
11:30 – Unit 6 walkies down to say they’re not coming because they’re tired of being wet. Unit 2 appears out of the woods after a hike in the rain, ready for their swim.
12:00 – encourage campers and staff to head up the hill.
12:15 – continue to encourage campers and staff to head up the hill. Miss singsong.
12:25 – Remember that it’s a theme day – make up a costume on the way up for lunch, and realize we’re late again.
12:30 – eat a delicious lunch
1:25 – sing “Announcements” again!
1:30 – it’s HHH! If only Units 1 and 2 were as excited about it as we are… Fall asleep anyway because the sound of rain drowns them out.
2:20 – wake up to the sound of thunder. Close waterfront. Plan alternate activities and walk with purpose to share the information with the other counsellors.
2:30 – wait eagerly for campers to come for games and nail painting. No one comes because they are all still singing and laughing loudly in their cabins. Plan regatta instead.
3:00 – receive confirmation that units are not going to be coming. Join units to help out with crafts and DT. Such fun!!!
5:15 – get ready for dinner. Realize that my raincoat is down at waterfront. Improvise.
5:30 – be on time for a meal! Discover that Unit 4 has planned a Quelf meal. Quietly capture all campers with my hypnotic stare, especially the ones who bark. Secretly envy Unit 3 who are eating with funny utensils.
6:25 – and more “Announcements”
6:30 – help with jumping. Enjoy the singing!
7:25 – rearrange benches so we can have vespers inside, because it is still raining.
7:35 – listen to the inspiring and reflective words spoken by Unit 3.
8:00 – it’s talent show time! Watch in amazement as girls go up, individually or in groups, and sing, play, or dance. Staff are funny too.
9:00 – have a snack
9:30 – go outside to do taps on the deck because it has briefly stopped raining. I think I even saw a star peek through! But that could have been wishful thinking.
10:00 – get ready for bed, plan for tomorrow, chat with other staff
10:30 – fall asleep, listening to the sound of rain on the metal cabin roof. So peaceful! Can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow!