Required fun (August)

About a year ago at the annual fall meeting of CAMP (Camping Association for Mutual Progress), held at Camp Olympia, we learned of their custom of Required Fun. The concept is that people who work in the camp office trudge in day after day and interact over the computer and phone, easily forgetting how most of the constituency thrills at the thought of the camp experience.

Their “reminder” is to have each staff member take a turn conducting a monthly, one-hour camp program.

We adopted that routine right away. Last year we went horseback riding (Jeepers), had a riverside devotional (Mike Busby), played pickleball (George Morgan), had a pumpkin carving contest (Jeb), an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest (Thomas), a firebuilding seminar (Monique), an art contest (Meredith), and a retreat to South Padre Island (that was longer than one hour and was jointly put on by Mom and Jeb).

It was Meghan’s turn when we started back up in August. Everyone was asked to wear their swim suit and bring a snack, and we met at Camp Stewart’s Senior Pool. Meghan organized an in-the-water game, Heart v Stewart, which Stewart won handily. It’s my turn next, and because lots of people were going in lots of directions in September, it will take place in October.

I can’t wait, but I can’t spill the beans here about what it will be. Stand by!

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Jane Ragsdale

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Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.

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