It’s hard to believe that the summer is already drawing to a close. Out of the four years that I’ve spent the summer at Lake Ann Camp, this has been one of the best, and even though I’m excited to go home on Saturday, I’ll be sad to leave these three months of fantastic memories behind me. In the week leading up to my departure, I’ll be updating daily with posts highlighting some of the most memorable parts of the summer, starting with this one about the support staff’s unique combination of temporary homes. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more!
Here at Lake Ann, we have a saying that goes something like this: “Camp is for the camper, not necessarily for the ease, convenience, or enjoyment of the staff”. Nowhere does that phrase hold more true than in the housing arrangements for the guys on support staff. During the summer and throughout the three weeks of the off-season we stayed in four different places depending on which rooms the campers didn’t need. The resulting list of residences has to be seen to be believed:
1. A Tent. Well, technically, we stayed in a yurt, but it’s basically the same idea. A yurt is a raised, circular, wooden frame with canvas stretched over it, which makes for a decent shelter… except for two things. A) There is no insulation. None. Sound, temperature, humidity – everything travels freely between the inside and the outside. And B) The yurts are about a five minute walk from everything in main camp. Care to shower in the morning? You’ll have to walk to main camp. Need to be at work at 6:30? Better start walking at 6:20 if you don’t want to be late. Needless to say, we were all eager to see where we would be moving after camp ended. And as the last batch of campers headed home on Saturday morning, we found out: we were going to be living in
2. A Box. Yep. We were relocated to a construction trailer in the RV park area of the camp. Pros: there were showers right there, and work was much closer. That, and we had air conditioning. Cons: there were twelve of us living in a room with eight bunks. That, and one night someone bumped the thermostat and set it to 50 degrees. That was quite the wake-up call. We only lived in the box for a week, though, before we packed up and headed across camp to
3. An Actual Building! Cons: it’s been around pretty much since the beginning of the camp, if not longer, so it looks a little dilapidated. Pros: Wolverine had plenty of space and was a comfortable temperature. Also, I had my own shelf above my bed. Sadly, a guest group needed to use Wolverine for the last week of camp, so we had to move again. I was kind of disappointed, until I found out where we were going…
4. A Conference Room. At first, that sounds like a downgrade, but this particular conference room is in the same building as two private bathrooms and showers, and now that there are only five of us staying there it’s very spacious. The walls look new and smell like fresh wood, and there are four bunks in there, two with full-sized mattresses. My little brother was kind enough to save me one of those, bless him. On top of all of that, we have our own drinking fountain. That’s right, a drinking fountain, right there in our room. Be jealous.
So while the year may have started out a little rough on the housing scene, they saved us the best for last, and I’m happy to report that I’m finishing off my tenure here in the lap of luxury. Speaking of which, I hear my great big mattress calling… goodnight, everyone!