This was Yaya's first year as a crew leader after 9 years as a camper, and I was fortunate to be able to be her co-leader and see her in action all week. She loved working with the 2nd graders at school, but I had never gotten to see how awesome she is with little kids outside of our family and it was such a treat to see that side of her! She made up funny games to pass the time between things with the kids. She loaded Heads Up onto her phone so she could play a quick round with the crew when their was a long wait time for snack. She helped, listened, and cared about the kids as people. She comforted, praised, and encouraged. She was awesome!
Yaya leading the kids to around the activity rotation by playing "suspicious fishes" - a game where she had them tiptoeing and creeping around corners and behind plants and pews to avoid being seen by other crew leaders. The kids never got tired of this Yaya game - they loved it!
Yaya during songs - crews up front, young crew leaders at the back giving cues for motions:
Kiki volunteered to do one of the readings during the closing ceremony, and we were so proud of her! She got up in front of a couple hundred people and read beautifully - confident, poised, organized - and in that moment I could see how far she's come since her injury. She's making her way back to 100%, and that is a great blessing.
Buddy is joining Cub Scouts! He's a Tiger Cub for the upcoming year, and this week we got to go to the annual water wars for the Pack. The kids LOVED IT!!! Drewdad did an amazing job of getting right out there and getting in the middle of a pack of kids and refereeing!
We went to the lake with friends this weekend and literally swam through the trees, above a former hiking path! As in, we had to say, "don't go any farther than the top of that tree. No not these, that one way out there." The experience of a lifetime.