am ecstatic to see all of the familiar faces, and to meet some new people as well. Names are slowly placed with faces as my memory struggles to recall who everyone is. Somewhere in the back of mymind, I wonder how in the world I¶m going to be able to remember everyone¶s name. I¶ve always beenterrible with names. I walk into the Longhouse where all of the CILT girls and I will be staying duringthe next two weeks, which will surely be the best two weeks of our lives. Behind the Longhouse is theYurt where the CILT boys will be staying. The Yurt is insanely cool. It¶s basically a giant circular tentwith a 1
foot ceiling. I¶m kind of jealous that the girls have to live in a normal building; I want to livein the Yurt! I throw my belongings onto my bunk, take a deep breath to calm myself down, and take myfirst real look around since I arrived. The bunks are just as I remembered. The air smells like leaves, pool water, sunscreen, and freshly cooked smiley fries from the dining lodge. The sun is shiningoutside, and its cheerful rays fit my mood. I see friendship bracelet string on top of someone¶s bed.Someone brought temporary tattoos, and the remnants of those that have already been applied litter thefloor. Everyone else in the room shares my enthusiasm for Camp T. I can¶t remember the last time Isaw this much optimism and sincere excitement in one place.After I have had the opportunity to get to know some new people and catch up with old friends,I hear a voice yell out: ³Hey CILTs!´ We all quickly scramble outside to the Longhouse deck and find aseat along the perimeter. Our six counselors are standing in the middle of the deck with several boxes.Each person receives a white binder and an ink pen. Mel tells us that we should treat these cheap ball- point pens like they are our babies and that we should never drop them because the spaces between thewooden planks on the Longhouse porch like to eat pens. If we lose our baby pens, we don¶t get anymore and we¶ll just have to deal with it.³Hey guys, welcome to CILTs, Session
011! We¶re super excited to have you here. Asyou probably all know, you guys are no longer campers. You are here to have fun like you did as acamper, but your main purpose is to work with the campers and do your job to learn what it takes to bea counselor,´ says Sarah.