NOTES ON STRIKING CAMPApril 23, 2012
THE tents are down, the gear is close to being packed away and the euphoria of a week-long Girl Guide camp is ebbing away as the day-to...
THE tents are down, the gear is close to being packed away and the euphoria of a week-long Girl Guide camp is ebbing away as the day-to-day routine of washing, cooking, cleaning and paid work lob - pretty much in that order.
If you volunteer with young people, each of whom challenge themselves in extraordinary ways - by hiking to the top of Mount Kosciusko, caving or doing a two-day canoe hike - you'll know it's hard to pull yourself away from the camaraderie that marks personal and collective achievement. Each girl left camp so proud of what she'd achieved and inspired to give themselves to serving their communities in big and little ways.
Leaders who planned and plotted the girls' programs (and spent sleepless nights preparing activities before and during camp) could not have been there without the support of their families and wider communities: Guiding and otherwise. I had fabulous support from my partner, my workmates, my folks and extended family. Thank you cards are being sent hither thither this week.
And, of course, I have already thanked all of you. More embroidery floss was handed to me at camp - bags and bags and bags of it. My heartfelt appreciation goes to you all.
PS: I picked up a couple of boxed stationery sets at an op shop before camp. Look at that label. Grace Bros, no less. And that price, $1.50, printed on a manually-prepared label.
Montag boxed note sets: $1 each, Salvos