I Survived Camp!

I don’t even know where to begin…

Basically everything sums up to camp was awesome! I had so much fun and enjoyed every minute I was there. Including when the kids were getting on my nerves.

Needless to say I was EXTREMELY nervous about teaching my class.  When the kids got their schedules I heard many of them question, “What is this class?” or “Why am I in this class? It’s going to be sooooo boring!”.  That Tuesday morning when the campers were all settled in and had just finished eating breakfast, the time come for me to begin teaching my first class of four for the day.  None of the kids had come from a farming background nor did they seem very excited to be in my presence.  Thankfully I’m a positive person and got them to change their mind quickly.  After the first five minutes we were all talking, laughing, learning, and having a good time.  My second class was the same way as my first.  They were shy at first, but soon warmed up as soon as I got them talking.  My third class wasn’t much different besides the few girls that were slightly rambunctious.  The fourth class of the day was a whole other story however… As I said, my first three classes had gone well.  None of the kids had any agriculture background and said that had fun with the activities they did.  My confidence had risen and I was ready to end the day just as I had started it.  The last class came in and sat down; it was also the largest of the 4 classes.  There were at least 5 kids in the class that grew up on farms and raise many of their livestock.  One of the girls was in the local livestock club.  Knowing this information made me feel uncomfortable for some reason.  I guess maybe I thought they would ask way too many questions that I wouldn’t be able to answer.  I was glad they didn’t ask any questions I couldn’t answer, but one of the boys was very loud and rude while I was teaching.  Using the various phrases to get the kids to quiet down, this one boy just didn’t want to listen.  He was making me so angry I threatened to send him home if he didn’t behave.  After that he calmed down and began paying attention.  He was very intelligent and knew just about all the questions I asked the class.  They were also the only class to figure out my trick to “Does it come from agriculture?” game.  After that class I was worn completely out.  I wasn’t disappointed with the way the classes had gone, but I was hoping they would go even better the next day.  Surely enough, Wednesday roles around and classes were amazing.  The kids were wonderful and seemed to enjoy everything they were learning.  Thursday was by far my favorite day though.  It was partially due to the fact that we learned about livestock and then the kids got to create their own breed, which I have to point out of the AWESOME job they did.  What started out at the beginning of the week as “This class is going to be boring.”  to “AG IS AWESOME!” truly made my whole experience complete.  Of course all the help I received along the way was greatly appreciated.  All the staff and other adult volunteers were so welcoming; they made me feel like I belonged.

This is also the last week of my internship.  I would say it’s bittersweet, but it’s really more just bitter.  This internship never felt like an internship, or a job…and I mean that in a good way.  I loved coming to work every day because it didn’t feel like work.  I enjoyed what I was doing…basically I got paid to have fun.  What’s better than that?!  It’s been so enjoyable that I don’t want to leave.  Everyone I’ve worked with has given me more opportunities and experiences than I ever thought I would have had the pleasure to partake in.  It’s also opened doors to whole new ideas.  Though I am ready to start my senior year, I will surely miss coming to work.  Here’s to a wonderful last week!  Until then…


Out and About

Well last week was extremely busy. 

I was at a Master Gardener lab training session Tuesday on water quality which was wonderful.  We got to go into the river and find creatures to identify. Wednesday I helped with a canning workshop.  Friday I had the day off.  Saturday I drove 4-H teens for a training. Yesterday (Monday), I was in Sedalia helping out with a nutrition camp.  I haven’t been in the office too much, but when I am in I’ve been finishing up the touches to my project.  I feel like there is still so much I have to do and I only have a few days left.

I’m exhausted from working, but that’s okay.  I think it’s mainly because I’ve been running around and have somehow manage to catch a mild case of the sniffles.  I love what I’ve been doing so it’s more manageable.  Hopefully I’ll feel better before next week!

Until then…

Happy (Almost) Independence Day!

For the past two days I have been diligently working on my class for camp.  Only 2 1/2 weeks away!  I’ve gotten so much done.  Everyday I keep changing a few things around or adding some new ideas.  I’m hoping I have enough time for some of the things.  Though I’m not the best drawer in the world, I’ve gotten pretty good at coloring.

Yesterday afternoon I went with Susan to the Southern States just a few minutes away from the office.  I’d never been before and she needed to get something for a box she’s putting together for an auction this coming weekend.

On Monday I went with Susan to Southern Flavoring Co. just right down the road.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to take a tour to see how they make their flavoring because the guy was out of town, but hopefully we’ll be going back one day to do so.

I’ve been staying busy with my project and other little things here and there.  Later on today I’ll be assisting Daniel with teen interviews for 4-H.  I was hoping I would have Friday off due to the fact the 4th is on a Thursday…but we haven’t heard anything from the Governor yet so at this point I think we won’t have it off. :/  Oh well…

The next three weeks are going to be insane. Next week there is another Master Gardener lab, an Ag board meeting, and a Master Gardener regular meeting.  That Saturday I will be driving vans to Pittsylvania County for an activity involving 4-H.  Never been there before so hopefully Daniel won’t get us too lost!

The week after that I will be helping Susan with a nutrition camp at Sedalia Big Island and preparing last minute things for camp! What a crazy week that will be!

And then…the awaited moment! 4-H Camp!  I’m SUPER EXCITED and nervous for this class, I want it to go well.  I’m also glad that I’ll be able to participate in other activities while at camp like the pool party! I know I’ll have a great time, but I’ll also be happy when it’s over because there will no longer be a huge weight upon my shoulders.

That’s all for now…until then…Image