First session - Girl Sports!

Trip Start Jun 14, 2007
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Trip End Oct 03, 2007


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Sunday, June 24, 2007

POLSKI:
O godz. 10 rano zaczelismy juz na dobre ustawiac wszystko do przyjazdu camperow. O 13:10 zaczeli sie zjezdzac. Bylo ciekawie. Poznalam rodzicow wszystkich dziewczynek z mojej grupy. Moja grupa, czyli unit, to 22 dziewczynki w wieku 8-12 lat, plus 5 counselorek (czyli opiekunek), w tym ja jako lider grupy. Pierwszej nocy dzieci zasnely dopiero ok. 23:30, wiec gdy w koncu padlysmy z dzieczynami na lozka, wiedzialysmy, ze wstawanie nie bedzie latwe.

29 Czerwca 2007, Piatek
Koniec pierwszego turnusu! Ostatni camperzy wyjechali ok. 19:15. Co za szalony tydzien! Moja grupa robila tematyke sportowa. Dlatego wiekszosc naszych zajec dotyczyla sportu - piesza wycieczka, basen, olimpiada sportowa... Dziewczynki pojechaly tez na surfing, z tym ze mnie tam mnie bylo. Potrzebowali kierowcy do 1 z 4 aut.  Noc wczesniej zrobili mi test - prowadzilam samochod z automatyczna skrzynia biegow do najblizszego miasteczka. Nie ma jednak porownania miedzy pusta ulica w nocy jakiegos malego miasteczka a San Francisco w porannych godzinach szczytu. Wzieli inna counselorke jako kierowce zamiast mnie. Bylam "lekko" sfrustrowana, bo dla tego surfingu wzielam grupe sportowa. Wiedzialam jednak, ze bezpieczenstwo dzieci jest najwazniejsze.
Surfing mialam nagrodzony 2 dni pozniej, gdy pojechalismy na mountain biking, czyli rowery gorskie. Idgie, ktora prowadzila auto, w ktorym bylam rowniez ja, puscila plyte z piosenkami. Poskoczylam do sufitu i malo nie wybilam dachu, gdy uslyszalam polska piosenke "Moi przyjaciele", spiewana na obozach harcerskich w Polsce. Okazalo sie, ze pare lat temu kilka counselorek z roznyh krajow nagralo ta plyte. Byly tam m.in. dziewczyny z Polski.
Mielismy 3 przewodnikow, ktorzy poprowadzili nas trasa nad ocean. Nie umiem opisac, jak bylo bajkowo! Im blizej bylo wody, tym wieksza mgla mgla nas ogarniala. Ocean wylanial sie z pomiedzy skal po obu stronach. Chyba w zyciu nie widzialam czego bardziej tajemniczego. Z powrotem szlismy na piechote. Ledwo opuscilismy plaze miedzy skalami, wyszlo slonce i zniknela mgla. Ukazal nam sie widok rajskiej plazy...
W czwartek rano jedna z dziewczynek z mojej grupy opuscila camp. Dzien wczesniej, w srode, tak nam, counselorkom, pdniosla cisnienie, ze kilka z nas prawie plakalo. Tak nas zesteresowala, ze bylysmy nieprzyjemne dla siebie nawzajem. Ciagle bila inne dzieci, niszczyla obozowe przedmioty (wybila szybe), specjalnie dotknela bardzo trujacej rosliny, "zeby sprawdzic czy naprawde jest trujaca". Czasami byla naprawde zabawna i to nie jest tak, ze jej nie lubilam. Jednak gdy 4 lub 5 counselorek zajmuje sie jednym dzieckiem, a 21 pozostalych jest zaniedbanych, to jest to nie w porzadku. Juz w dniu przyjazdu, gdy dziewczynka przyjechala autem ze swoja mama, wiedzialam, ze bedzie ciekawie. Powitalam mame i powiedzialam jej, gdzie zaparkowac samochod. Auto mialo przyciemniane szyby, wiec nie widzialam, kto siedzi z tylu. A matka do mnie "moja corka [siedziala z tylu] twierdzi,ze masz grzeszny akcent". Zatkalo mnie. Zreszta, gdy zobaczylam juz sama mame, o malo nie wyrwalo mi sie oo-oo. Za to gdy zobaczylam Beth - odetchnelam z ulga. Beth zostawala z dwiema swoimi corkami na campie ze wzgledu na zdrowie jednej z nich. Balam sie na poczatku, jaka bedzie osoba, bo rozne sa matki. Okazala sie jednak cudowna osoba i matka. Bardzo nam pomogla w tym turnusie - fizycznie i psychicznie. Czulam sie troche tak, jakby moja mama zostawala ze mna. Cudownie nam sie rozmawialo i uspokajala mnie w chwilach stresu. Do tego wspaniale wychowala swoje dzieci. Uwielbialam i Hannah, i Michelle - mimo ze byly tak rozne.
Mimo ogromnego stresu, nie moge narzekac na ten turnus. Zrobilysmy wiele rzeczy i zrealizowalysmy nawet to, co poza planem. Musimy sie z counselorkami nauczyc wiekszej wspolpracy. Jednakze kazda z nich spisala sie dobrze, jesli nie fantastycznie.

ENGLISH:
At 10 am we started settling everything for the camper`s arrival. At 1:10 pm they started coming. It was interesting. I met all the parents of the girls from my unit. My unit includes 22 girls in the age of 8-12, plus 5 counselors with me as the unit leader. At the first night kids fell asleep about 11:30 pm, so when the counselors finally got into our beds, we already knew thet gettin up would not be easy.

29th June 2007, Friday
It`s the end of the first session! The last campers left about 7:15 pm. What a crazy week we`ve had! My unit was doing Girl Sports program. This is why most of our activities were about sports - hiking, pool, olympics... The girls also went to surf, however I was not there. A driver was needed to one of 4 cars. I had had a test a night before - I was driving an automatic car to the nearest town. There is nothing to compare though in between an empty street in a tiny little town at night and San Francisco in the morning rush hours. Another counselor was taken to drive instead of me. I was "a little bit" frustrated, because for the surfing I signed up for the girl sports unit. However I knew, that children`s safety is the most important.
Surfing paid me back a couple of days later when we went to do moutain biking. Idgie, that was a driver, turned a CD on. I jumped up and nearly broke the roof when I heard a Polish song "Moi Przyjaciele" ("My Friends"), sung at scout camps in Poland. I found out that a few years ago some counselors from different countries made a CD. There were also grils from Poland.
We had 3 guides who provided us via special track to the ocean. I cannot describe how fabulous it was! The closer the water we were, the deeper was the fog. The ocean appeared from between rocks on 2 of the sites. I have probably never seen something more mysterieus in my life. On the way back we were hiking. As soon as we left the beach, the sunn appeared and we could see a paridise beach.
On Thursday morning one of the girls from my unit left the camp. A day before, on Wednesday, she made us, counselors, so high-pressured blood that a few of us nearly cried. She stressed us out so much that we were mean to each other. She kept hitting the other children, would break camp properties (she broke a window), on purpose touched the Poison Oak "to find out if it was really poisoness". Sometimes she was just too funny and it`s not like I disliked her. However if 4 or 5 counselors are looking after one child and the rest 21 children are being neglected, it is just unfair. On the day of arrival, when the girl arrived by car with her mum, I knew it`d be interesting. I greeted her mum and told her where to park her car. The car had dark windows so I did not see who was sitting on the back seat. And the mother said to me: "My daughter [she was sitting on the back seat] says that you have a wicked accent". I was shocked. Already when I saw the mother, I had to stop myself to not say oo-oo. Though, when I saw Beth - I calmed down. Beth was staying wit her 2 daughters at camp for this session in order to health of one of them. I was affraid at the beginnings, what kind of person she would be, because mothers are different. She proved to be a fabulous person and a mother. She helped me out a lot in that session - physically and mentally. I felt a bit like my mum was staying with me. She was fantastic to talk with and to calm me down. Besides, she fostered her children wonderfully. I loved both of them - Hannah and Michelle, even though they were so different from each other.
Despite the huge stress we had during that session, I cannot complain. We did a lot and even more that was in the schedule. Us, counselors, have to learn a better cooperation with each other. However each of them did really well, if not fantasticly.
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