Last week I volunteered for two days at the kids’ all-day camp. We went with our church, and the week the kids go is heavily dependent on volunteers. This is the first year I’ve been able to volunteer because Boy Child was too young until now.
The staff are primarily 20-something college students, and there are high-school aged volunteer counselors. I’m no where near that world of kids, seeing as mine are 6th and 1st graders, so it was eye-opening.
So, if you’re like me, and have no idea what these guys are like or into, I’m here to to help:
What I Learned At Camp:
1) I’m out of touch with what young 20-somethings find cool and interesting.
2) I don’t care.
3) 80′s movies of the John Hughes variety are quite popular with the high school set. To quote the high school junior I worked with, “80′s movies were cool. The best. Now they’re all the same.” (Did I mention she was wearing a “Save Ferris” t-shirt with a picture of Cameron on it?)
4) This pleases me.
5) Every pop culture thing they referenced being “when they were kids” made me cringe a little inside because I could remember what my favorite bar was around that time.
6) In my brain, I’m about 25. Spending 7:30 am to 5:00 pm two days in a row essentially in perpetual motion – lifting kids, helping a special needs child in the group, hiking, walking, fitting kids with zip line harnesses, etc. – my body reminded me that it is actually 43. And a half.
7) If the future is in the hands of the early 20-somethings I had the privilege of working with last week, we’re going to be ok. These young adults were caring, smart, kind, strong leaders, and had their heads on straight. There’s hope! Don’t let the media fool you!