You guys! I have some exciting news… ok well it’s mostly only exciting for me.
But I wanted to share!!
You know how I talk A LOT about self-care, and how we need to encourage and support our staff to practice good self care. Well it turns out that it actually works!!! haha
Ever since I started directing camps two things have always bookmarked my experience, a pre- season cold sore, and a post season migraine. Fun, right?
- Cold sore & migraine, the bookmarks to my camp experience for 10 years
So this year I decided to actually practice what I’ve been preaching and I set some goals for self-care.
(Check out this post to find out what I’ve said in the past about self-care.)
They weren’t anything too lofty, I had checklist of 5 items on my phone, and I would try to do some combination of at least 3 of them every day. (During the camp pre-season I was checking off all 5 every day.)
Here’s my list:
Categories: New Camp Director Pro Tip, Self Care at Camp
Tags: apple cider vinegar, camp, cold sore, green smoothie, journal, lemon water, migraine, reading, self care, smoothie, summer camp, yoga
“Campers Come First”
Said every camp staff ever.
Yes. Absolutely. 100%
You are correct, friend.
Except, do our staff really know what we mean when we say that?
A few years ago, I had just taken over a shiny new director job, facilitated training session, went over all of our policies, taught best practices… everything went great.
Or so I thought. (dun dun dunnn)
Sometimes camp gets a little chaotic, am I right?
There have been times where I’ve missed more than one meal, and realize that I’ve not had nearly enough (or any) water that day.
Those days aren’t great on the ol’ Personal Care O’Meter (man, I wish that actually existed!! That would be a super fun tool to use)
On those days when I don’t have time to turn around and think let alone sit down and eat a meal, I will try to grab a smoothie that I can sip on the go.
I try to have a few ready to blend smoothie bags ready to go for my most hectic days.
Here’s how I make mine.
I don’t use dairy so I have some alternatives here, but you do you, man.
Almond Fresh (dairy milk alternative)
So Delicious yogurt (dairy yogurt alternative)
Frozen mixed tropical fruit
I’ve been working at camp for a few years, I’ve been in a leadership position for most of those years. And it has taken me a really long time to realize that I’ve been setting a terrible example for my staff.
There, I said it.
I’ve fairly recently realized this and I’ve been working on setting a better example for my camp colleagues these past few years, but the other day I witnessed a conversation that made me realize that I’m not the only one who’s setting a terrible example for up-and-coming staff, it’s rampant in the camping industry.
People work at camp because they care, and almost every camp I know has the mantra “campers come first” which is wonderful, and as it should be. BUT (and that’s a big but), camper care shouldn’t come at the expense of staff health and well-being. Continue reading
Categories: If I Could Do It Over..., Self Care at Camp
Tags: camp culture, Counsellors, health, If I could do it over, mental health, reflection, self care, sleep hygiene, staff training, Supporting your staff, wellness