My First Post!

Hi All!

Welcome to my Blog. This has been something I have been contemplating for a while now and when Cara announced that she would be starting a blog, I figured it would be the perfect time to push myself to do one as well. The main motivation for me to start this blog is the infamous question that all camp directors get- “You work full time for a camp…that’s awesome…but what do you do all year round?”. Now of course we are only 5 months away from camp as I write this, so you are only going to see half a year, but hopefully you will get the point! I certainly will admit that the fall is typically a little quiet. In October/November I usually take a 1 or 2 week vacation to clear my head from a long summer. What most of you see if a 7-week summer camp; however, Canadensis is open from May 1 through the end of September. That typically means I move up to camp mid-April and stay until late September- 5+ months, but who’s counting. Weekends during those 5+ months don’t exist, holidays such as Memorial day, July 4th, and Labor Day are perhaps busier than a typical day. So we camp directors feel we deserve a break after a long season! However, there is a lot that still goes on in the fall. Closing down camp, sending out contracts for our rental groups for the following year, payroll for our 6+ year round employees, budgeting/accounting, construction projects, beginning to hire our exceptional staff, and of course visiting many of our returning/new camp families are just some of the things we do. I hope that this blog provides insight in to the unique career I have chosen as a camp director. Do I love it? Absolutely…all of the decisions I make on a day to day basis are directly related to the both the safety and fun I know our campers will have during the summer. The saying “We live 10 months for 2” couldn’t be truer!

I hope this blog becomes an interactive experience. Through your comments to my posts (which you can add at the bottom of each blog entry), I hope that I can answer many of your questions and you can help shape the future of this blog! One thank you that is definitely overdue. A very special thank you to Jason Calabretta. Jason is responsible for about 75% of anything I do that would be classified as “creative”, including the title of this blog. Jason (or Jaycal as he is known at camp) has a passion and love for Canadensis and it shows in all the he does for me. He will be the administrator of the blog, editing videos and pictures for your entertainment along the way. So, thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy what you are about to read and remember, please check back often!