Our staff is gathered at the farm, and preparations are well underway to welcome our first session of campers on Monday morning. Our counselors and CITs arrived on Thursday from close by and far away, Michelle from down the road in Americus, Elizabeth from halfway across the country in Indiana. Mario greeted them all with thoughtful exercises to help them get to know each other, and with long, long lists of tasks for them to complete. For the last two days, they’ve been hard at work sorting supplies, shopping for groceries, sweeping floors, getting to know the farm, going over policies and procedures, making beds, figuring out room assignments, and thinking about their own roles as supporters and mentors to the campers. And this afternoon, friends from Americus Mennonite Fellowship introduced Zeph and Michelle to families who will benefit from our free laundry service project on Thursday, our “right to clothing” day. They passed out laundry bags that the families will fill with clothes they want washed, and we’ll pick them up Thursday morning and return the clothing clean in the afternoon.
Even in the midst of all the tasks, our staff are finding meaning in their new roles and in considering new ideas. Among the highlights of the last couple days, they mention an appreciation for learning about the sustainable culture and powerful history of Koinonia; getting to know everyone in the group through a comic book activity; being impressed by how welcoming the community is; noticing how quickly relationships have started to form as they ask questions, talk and joke together; and having the experience of delivering the laundry bags to people of different cultures.
Tomorrow holds more preparation, a review of activities, and putting the final touches on the schedule. Stay tuned! The next week is going to be a whirlwind of learning, growing, stretching, serving, and having a world of fun, for campers and staff alike. We are eager to share it with you!
Check out the bios of our 2019 super summer staff here!