Scott still went walking this morning, although he said he really did not feel like it.
We woke up and met Montana at breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Mercedes, the cook, is so attentive to us. She brought us a chicken leg stewed with tomatoes and onions, arepa and fresh fruit. She is so generous that we cannot eat it all. That is better than not having enough! We talked about plans for camp, and plans for the future. We are always on the lookout for future camp staff.
After eating, we dispersed for various duties. Scott had office work to do both back in the States and here in Colombia. Montana finished up plans for the Amazing Race. I hung up the camp themes, scriptures and schedules on the wall. I also talked with the hotel staff and arranged for a few other necessary items. The salon (meeting room) had been remodeled and now had a large open doorway. I asked them if they could hang a curtain there so we could have some sort of privacy. I also arranged for extra tables for snacks and our yearly picture puzzle.
Soon it was lunch time.
Janet, Jaime S. and Rodolfo arrived from Bogota just as we were finishing lunch. Janet, Jaime, and Montana went in to town to get some supplies and snacks for camp. They discussed some details with Scott for about a half hour before driving into town. Because it is Rodolfo’s first time at camp, I sat down with him to go over his duties as a staff member. He is a music teacher for an elementary school, so he already has a head start on knowing what to do.
I hung out in the lobby working on my blog and waiting for other people to arrive. Scott had to make several calls to respond to brethren. David and Leo arrived and I gave David his staff information and the t-shirts for his campers. Later on the campers arrived from Cucuta. It started to rain, so the campers took time to unpack their suitcases, hang the memory verses on their cabin walls, and walk around and chat with each other. Scott enjoys mingling and talking with the campers and catching up on how they and their families are doing at home.
We both joined in on a game of electronic charades. One person held a phone which flashed words. We had to do actions, or give them clues to what the word was while they tried to guess.
Dinner was served at 7:00 p.
The campers had free time until 11:00 p.m. Ronaldo, the last camper to arrive, came at 10:00 p.m. After 10:00 p.m., (which is quiet time in the hotel), the campers gathered in the salon to chat and play circle games, such as “I went on a trip and I brought a….” They are great about not being too loud. Something we wish others could learn from them. I started the picture puzzle, and Laura and Leo joined me. Everyone returned to his or her cabin at 11:00 p.m. to prepare for lights out at 11:30 p.m.
As the campers entered their rooms Scott thought he heard furniture being moved quite a bit. The next morning we learned the girls had pushed all their beds together to make one huge bed! Something they would never be able to do at home since none have this much room or beds. The youth love being together; it’s like a huge family and the time is well spent. They soon drifted off to sleep. It was another successful beginning of camp!