Here I am at 16. I just passed my Lifeguard Training class. It was too late to get a job with the city, but I did get an offer that I could not pass. The residential camp that I attended when I was younger ask me to Lifeguard for them. One of the college students bowed out, and they needed a replacement. I packed my bags, and was ready to start my adventure as a lifeguard at camp. Once I arrived one of the counselors was having issues with the inner city kids. They asked if I could step in for a few days as a counselor. I took over, and ended up being the counselor for the 11 year old girls. There would be 10 girls at a time, for two weeks. We would go hiking, swimming, boating, horse back riding, everyday. We did crafts, archery, and sang songs…lots of songs. We had closing ceremonies around the campfire, and every two weeks we would cry for those kids leaving.
Most of the other counselors were college age kids. My sister and I were the youngest people that were in charge. On days off we would go to Bloomington, Indiana., and hang out with other college kids. On nights that we were off we would go into the freezer and gather up peanut butter and chocolate chips, mix them together and make our own homemade “reese peanut butter brick”. There were parties that were not sanctioned 😉 they were pretty fun. We often would go “sailing with the captain”. Yes, I know I was only 16, but it was the 80’s. That is all I will say about it.
We may have been poor, but we sure had some fun.