Name games. Ice breakers. Name tags. What ifs. Camp songs. All these phrases were significantly important in organizing the annual CMW Summer Camp. The counselor team was made up of teachers, alums, current students, and volunteers. It may seem as if planning for a children’s camp is easy, but let me tell you, it is not. However, it was definitely one of the most fun-filled, interesting and meaningful weeks I have had this summer.
As a former CMW student, I had the opportunity to step into the shoes that all the teachers at CMW wear everyday as music teachers and coordinators. During training week, we scheduled a week of camp, bonded with new faces and old faces, and most importantly, were able to come to the realization that we were old enough to hold more responsibility.
Each one of us was assigned a group of students that we would take care of, talk to, walk with, and learn with. Our first connection to them was calling their homes to remind them of camp. Our second connection was assigning name holders to each. Lastly, we would give them their t-shirt Monday morning and spend a week together. Now, I anxiously wait camp week. Bring it on!
-Sidney Argueta, CMW '09 (Brown University '13)