It was a pivotal moment in my life. Something I worked so hard for came to fruition. I loved reading. I read all the time. One of my favorite book series was The Baby Sitters Club. This was the inspiration for the week long summer day camp my cousin and planned. Pivotal as in this was the first large event I ever planned. It is my first go to memory when I want to share a time I worked hard and achieved a goal and it happened over 25 years ago. I learned so much from this.
My cousin Heather and I decided to have a Baby Sitters Club daycare one summer. We loved watching kids. We loved the books and we were inspired. We came up with an idea, a plan, and took the steps we needed to get it done. We found a venue to host our summer camp. We had to speak with the owner of the house. My aunt and get her permission. We needed customers, kids to come to our camp. We came up with flyers and passes them out to the people in church that we baby sat for. We asked them to pass them along to their friends.
This was a 5 day camp for kids. We came up with 5 days of menus, activities, crafts, projects and special events. We had a schedule and each moment planned out. We had about 30 kids each day in our camp and most of them came all 5 days. I was 12 years old. After paying for all of our supplies and food we made around $300 dollars. Which, let me tell you is quite a bit for a 12 year old in the late 80’s.
We made homemade ice cream, we played games, each day the children made a craft. We even had a day where a clown came and did tricks for the kids.
As I get older my memory starts to fade. The thing I remember about this week have impressed upon me the value of hard work. I was blessed beyond measure. The $300 was awesome and helped pay may to Hawaii 2 years later, but beyond that I learn some amazing things. I learned I really could do something I put my mind to. I learned that even though it might seem hard and overwhelming at times, working hard to get your goal is rewarding in the end. I learned I like planning parties. I learned that working as a team can help make things more fun, and get things done faster. I realized at this time that I was a planner and like to get things done and make things happen. I learned that by being myself and sharing my talents with others I could help bless and enrich the lives of others along the way.