I remember a time when as a camp director, we would return home from a fun, but exhausting summer and slow down and relax. We’d take time to meet up with friends, spend time on the lawn making it look civilized again and simply take in the last remnents of summer that linger a bit in September. Of late however, several things have wiped that from our reality! Adding online registration has been a great service to help families, but it has kind of flipped the camp recruiting calendar on it’s head. Now families can register for next summer within days (sometimes hours) of their daughter’s return from WeHaKee. Don’t get me wrong, this is a wonderful thing to have so much enthusiasm to return – and we are most grateful for that! But, it has shifted the traditional big registration months from February & March to September. At the end of September this year, we more than tripled the number of campers registered compared to just two years earlier!
And having two daughters active in middle and high school has swamped our schedule like never before! With lessons, team practices, games, big time increases in homework (not to mention new social life demands!), if we thought we could relax after a day in the office of phone calls, emails and mailing registration packets, we were quite mistaken. Again, we are happy for our daughters and how they have embraced their opportunities, but it continues to remind us of the challenges of being working parents.
The key is to reframe these changes into blessings, which they truly are. We are working when many are not. WeHaKee is successful in economic times when other camps have struggled. And our daughters are enjoying their lives during a time when the trials of adolescence can be brutal (especially for girls). I’d like to think that their time at camp each summer has played a pivotal role in their growth and success. And I’m convinced it will make a difference in the lives of all of those already signed up for next summer as well as those who will be registering in the coming months!