I real­ly need to fin­ish post­ing about the camp, because it gets hard­er and hard­er to recall the details as the days go by. I guess that is because so much as been hap­pen­ing over the last week. Like fin­ish­ing ser­vice and mov­ing back to the US yes­ter­day. Oh, but enough about that. Back to the amaz­ing camp and Day 5, with the theme of “rela­tion­ships”. We had the psy­chol­o­gist from day 1 back to talk about healthy rela­tion­ships, and then anoth­er psy­chol­o­gist from the cen­ter who did some great activ­i­ty with the girls that I may not have paid so much atten­tion to and there­fore can’t real­ly speak about. Hey, these pic­tures don’t edit them­selves, and any oppor­tu­ni­ty dur­ing the week to get a lit­tle back­ground work done was tak­en. He also came back the next day to do an activ­i­ty about short‑, medium‑, and long-term goals. I did­n’t see that one either since I took a day off to vis­it a friend. How­ev­er, the col­lages that the girls made were fan­tas­tic as all of their arts and crafts projects were, and the con­tent was very interesting.

Then a fan­tas­tic trav­el­ling pup­pet show pre­sent­ed a fable on per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty and con­trol. The main char­ac­ter was a coy­ote, and the whole fla­vor of the work was just so much like “The Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox” (one of my favorite movies) that I know I was engaged. The girls were as well, and there should be about 20 record­ings of the show online since almost every girl was record­ing it with her cell phone.


The first pre­sen­ta­tion on healthy rela­tion­ships. There was an inter­est­ing dis­cus­sion about if and how you help friends with issues such as quit­ting smok­ing and oth­er such bad habits.

By day 5, we had stopped polic­ing the cell phone usage dur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and just start­ed col­lect­ing them dur­ing ses­sions. I had to put them in a clos­et in anoth­er room as well to not have some of the ring­tone songs stuck in my head.

The sec­ond presentation/activity on relationships.

The mag­ic behind the scenes of the pup­pet show.

The coy­ote is introduced.

I’m won­der­ing who is sit­ting through these hand­held cam­era-phone videos of the pup­pet show.

Look at that engagement!

Oh no Ms. Chick­en! I don’t like the look in that coy­ote’s eyes.

What a won­der­ful group

The evening activ­i­ty — tie-dying t‑shirts. After see­ing how well they came out, I felt very guilty about skip­ping out ear­ly to go vis­it a friend, but tough deci­sions are what life is about…

The first victims.

The t‑shirts the next day. I was so impressed.

I will write about the fin­ish­ing ser­vice stuff soon enough, but it is all a bit trip­py for now, and I don’t know what to say. Also, I have a lot of work to catch up on that was neglect­ed while I was run­ning to the office to fin­ish paper­work and then pack­ing. Unem­ploy­ment is very busy.