Wednesday, July 19, 2006

 

2 Weeks Left...

I'm getting both anxious and sad to leave. I'm really excited about my new position but I'm sad to leave my staff now that I've established relationships with most of them. It's going to be tough to leave.

As we're right in the middle of camp, I've had a ton of paperwork to do. I have to send paperwork home for all of nursery school and first-half kids on Friday. At the same time I'm testing, filling out paperwork, and making new groups for the kids who will be continuing for the second half of camp. It's making it extra tough because they only swim 3 days a week, including Fridays, and next Wednesday starts the Nine Days, so most kids will not be swimming then. My goal is to put them into groups on Monday so they can meet their teachers and be ready to continue in their new group a the end of the Nine Days. We'll see if that happens!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

 

What a week

It's been quite a week. I found out Tuesday night that I hadn't been doing a bunch of paperwork that I should have been. My supervisor sent me an e-mail in May or so, and I remember that, but I just forgot. I've been so overwhelmed with everything. I turned out okay because we made some changes to the letters that we would have had to have made because I'm leaving and they'll get sent out tomorrow.

I'm really excited for my new position but I'm worried I'm going to be exhausted when I start. Good thing I have a vacation coming up at the end of August! Camp Michigania East, my 15th summer in the Adirondaks!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 

Week 2 of Camp

I've been learning some lessons about delegating reponsibilities this week. I asked one of my staff to complete some paperwork before camp started but when I asked her for it yesterday, she told me it wasn't done and she didn't have most of it with her. I had to go help at another camp today, so I'm hoping she returned it finished today. We'll see...

I rode by the new student recreation center of the other school who offerred me an interview. I decided to accept my new position at Northeastern Illinois University instead, so I declined their offer. I'm not sorry I accepted my new position, but wow, they're new rec center looks gorgeous. It made me excited for the things that are happening in campus recreation and what I have to look forward to in years to come.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

 

Camp!

Camp has started, and surprisingly, it's going very smoothly. I have a really experienced staff, so even though one has missed a couple days already, people have stepped up to help out. Everyone wants more hours, so I haven't had trouble getting anything covered, and that's the only real complaint I've heard so far.

The problems I'm having are with the hours outside of camp. My Monday morning guard didn't show up because of a miscommunication, so I was at work by 7am to lifeguard for 2 hours and then I had a full day of camp after that. I was exhausted by Monday night. Also, the group lessons after camp have gotten a lot bigger than I expected, so they've been a lot of additional work. I've also had a lot of requests for private lessons. All of these extra things have been a little overwhelming, but at least it's just those and not camp too.

I called and accepted my new job yesterday. I'm really excited for that, but I'm still not sure when I'm going to start.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

 

Camp is coming...

I just have a minute because I have to get back to work. Things are almost set for camp. I'm definitely going into overtime this week because I have a few more things to finish up. The big parent orientation is tonight, and I've been told that it's more of a social hour than an orientation, so I'm supposed to keep it clear and concise, which is my style anyways.

All of my staff is now, hopefully, ready to go for Monday and I've now certified all of the camp staff in first aid.

Gotta go!

Friday, June 16, 2006

 

Camp is just around the corner...

We just made it through the staff orientation week for the JCC's huge day camp. It was a lot of long hours, but the staff there seems like they're going to be great. It made me anxious to get working on my camp. I was in my office on Thursday afternoon getting stuff ready, but it turns out the camp staff made some changes and forgot to tell me, so I had to scratch all of that work and take it home with me to redo. Plus, they keep forgetting to tell me about meetings and then adding them onto my already busy schedule. It's going to be a tough week, but I have a 3-day weekend to prepare for it. And then it's camp time!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

 

The Start of Summer

Today marked the end of spring classes. That's one thing off my back and now I can concentrate on summer. That started today too. We did swim testing for camp, which I wasn't as prepared for as I would have liked to be, but only 12 kids showed up, so it didn't really matter. I hope that means that a lot of the camp kids have been in the swim program or were at camp last year and haven't swam since. I'm anxious to get the camp lists so I can start making groups.

Orientation for the big camp at UIC starts this week. I'm excited to be a part of that because I had so much fun last year, but I'm worried I won't get enough time in my office to get everything done.

I also had an interview. I'm a little anxious about that too because the job sounds great, the right next step. It's a great program, more administrative work, an increase in pay, and great professional development support. They also have a great relationship with my supervisors and new professional contacts at my part-time job. So I'm anxious to hear back from them but also that if I do hear back, it's terrible timing for such a great opportunity. I'd love to complete my camp commitment, but they did say I'd have the opportunity to discuss how much time my current job would need to fill my position with my supervisor.

There's a lot to think about, but I'm doing my best to focus on camp and prepared for the summer the best I can. Either way, it should be a good summer.

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