Things I Learned Are Necessary to Chaperon 100 Kids for 3 Days
- Bring a flask. Hide it wherever you need to, but you need to.
- Egg crates. Lots of them. Princess & the Pea that plastic, inch-thick torture device they call a mattress.
- Do not listen if they tell you not to bring your own food/snacks. You are a grown up and can handle keeping you stuff neat, tidy, and bug free. Everyone else will be doing the same.
- Do you have enough aspirin/ibuprofen/headache meds? No, you don't. Pack more. Keep it with you at all times.
- Caffeinate. Often. More, more than that.
- It's totally OK to hate the cheery camp counselors a little. No one should be that perky.
- Find a partner and form a tag team. Even a 5 minute breather can make things a lot clearer.
- Make sure said partner loves to snark on everything as much as you do. This is gold.
- The kids will try to put one over one you every single chance they get. They will never win. Because they're 10.
- You will be sad if they run out of time for you to do the zip line. But this is probably OK, since you are most decidedly not 10.
- Do NOT forget the shower shoes. Camp has not changed since you were a kid.
This made it all worth it. First volunteer and smiling all the way.