Today was the last day of the CND Summer Day Camp and I don’t know how to feel about it right now. On one hand, I am exhausted from working with the kids every day, constantly on my toes and running around to keep up. On the other hand, I am sad to see them go and don’t want the summer to end (but who does?).
We spent our last day at Zoombezi Bay as a whole camp. It was my first time going since it was called Wyandote Lake (call me old, its okay) and it was a blast! I helped with a group of 8-10 year-olds today and we got to do almost everything there was to do. The children were excited that I was gonna get in and have fun with them. We got to do the lazy river, wave pool, Baboon Lagoon, and we even had time to go down one slide (the lines were endless).
Some other teachers were not as excited as I was to be playing in the water with the kids. Some were complaining of the water being too cold or the sun being too hot, but I was there to make sure those kids were able to have the time of their lives before the summer ends. Some of the children who come to our camp would never have the opportunity to go to a water park like this if it weren’t for CND and their funders. It absolutely warms my heart that CND is able to treat these kids to something extra special because they all deserve to have fun.
By the end of the day, I was walking out of the zoo with about 4 kids clinging to my arms because they didn’t want to leave me. Just about all of them asked me if I would be here next year, which makes me happy. Even if I am not working at CND full-time next spring, I will at least still apply to help with their Summer Day Camp. Until then, I still have one week of work left before my contract is up. Hopefully after that, I will start working on recruiting kids for our after-school programs and getting to know people we work with at schools around Columbus. I am walking away with such a warm, good feeling about my work here at camp, which has me extra excited for what’s in store helping kids in the near future.