A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A HEROES ON THE MOVE VOLUNTEER
It all starts on the Sunday afternoon prior to camp. At 2:00 p.m., we join together at SDSS for a time of orientation and staff training. Canadian and American volunteers meet each other for the first time. We review the important details of the child protection policy, go over the schedule for the week, figure out where the week's activities will be occurring, and meet the rest of the team. At 4:00 p.m., all huddle coaches, assistants and all others who will be swimming head to the pool for a swim test and pool training. At 5:00 p.m., we move across the street to the Port Elgin Missionary Church for a BBQ, team building and worship. By 7:30 p.m. we let you head home for an early night.
The real fun begins at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning when you arrive at the school in your purple shirt. Staff gather together for a short time of prayer and devotions, and then it is time to greet the campers. The day passes by in a whirlwind of activities: worship rallies, sports training, snacks, games, Bible lessons, craft/art, swimming at the pool, and quiet times with huddle groups. You have been treated to lunch and two snacks that you didn't have to make. Before you know it, 4:30 has arrived and campers are leaving. After a short staff meeting, you too are on your way home.
Some evenings there are activities to do with other staff members - perhaps a campfire, ice cream at the beach, or a mid-week prayer and praise meeting. Other evenings are totally free, but many people enjoy heading to the beach and connecting with other staff members, especially those from North Carolina. Heroes on the Move t-shirts dot the beach most evenings - campers, HIT's and staff alike.
By Friday afternoon, you are exhausted, but you probably know the names of at least 12 campers and have made many new memories. You have survived an exhausting week of camp, and have built relationships with children, youth and adults. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to explain to at least one person the difference that Jesus has made in your own life. Saturday morning you sleep in, and then on Sunday afternoon, if you are feeling particularly energetic, you might just start the whole process again....
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