Belfast, United Kingdom
Oakhurst, New Jersey
Well everything is organised, visa granted , flights booked, contract signed , 7 weeks to go , back to New Jersey
looking foirward to meeting new staff and campers this year. New programme for the summer should be great fun and chance to make new friends.
keep tuned for more posts
roll on June 1st
I am heading back to Camp Oakhurst for another amazing summer season, ready for the new challenges ahead both campers and staff, looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, life is great long may it last, so come on everyone get signing up, you will love it
hi all, well we have just finished the adult session, 14 straight days, training today for next weeks Autism week, then home on the 6th September,
what a week we have had first on wednesday we had a tremor form the earthquake, which shook the buildings on camp, now we are bracing ourselves for Hurricane Irene which is due to hit us from saturday throught till sunday,
yes it has been an eventful summer , torrential thunder storms, heat waves, earthquake and now a hurricane, I woulden't have missed this for anything.
awesome is the word to describe how i feel right now,
roll on next year and respite,
for all those who plan to travel from NJ or New York this weekend, give it up you aint gonna make it
take care all
third session is over and done with , sad goodbyes to all the kids, looking forward to seeing them all next year, or in respite ,
Staff party was last saturday night , least said about that the better, moving on had a nice quiet relaxing couple of days camp is closed till wednesday, then the adult session starts, this should be different , new experiences, then after that we have the Autism weekend , then home for a break
Best thing I have ever done ....THANK YOU CAMP AMERICA.
TAKE CARE ALL
Hi all, we have now started the third summer session with 70 campers, weather is hot, hot,hot.
planned activities for this week is going to the beach every day, what a hard life it is .
we have a lot of new campers this session so it will be fun getting to know them.
My co-worker sandra and I have to perform a hula dance at lunch tomorrow , a sight to behold, but i will have fun doing it.
will sign off now but remember keep smiling, be happy
Hi All , well we are into the second week of the second session and , things are going as planned ,well nearly, Sandra and I have to do the theme for this session, as most of the staff are from the UK we decided to do UK through time, with Jousting, rugby, cricket, Vaudaville acts and something special for our theme day. we are also doing the Giants Causeway and the legend of Finn McCool.
I am having a day of tomorrow my first in Five weeks. will probably go to one of the boardwalks. and have some fun.
see ya all in September
tonight was the end of session Banquet and dance, never seen so may people enjoying themselves, good food great DJ and then to top it all an Ice cream Vendor arrived the campers were absolutely delighted, I was moved by the whole night and the friendship and warmth that has spread around the camp.
I really cant wait till the next session to see some of the campers return and new ones arrive, I am so glad I applied for this,
thanks Camp Oakhurst
speak to ya all soon
Hi All , the first week of camp has gone extremely well , getting stuck into everything , today was great fun , the kids painted my face the picture is awesome as they say here.
have learned alot of good camp songs, and had a great experince with the campers they are so much fun, always full of high spirits.
well tomorrow monday 27th June is D'Day when all the campers arrive, then the fun and hard work begins, everybody is eagerly anticipating to meet the campers, and start a wonderful summer.
Some of us went out on saturday night to the Seaside Boardwalk and fun fair , it was a brilliant night out , and of course all the girls wanted to go to the Jersey Shore Store hoping to meet the cast, but no luck all they did was spend money,
I have been the target of those dreaded mosquito's I have about 15 bites , by the time the 12 weeks are up I will be skin and bone as the mosquito's will have eaten me by then,
Just chilled out today and wathced a movie and then strolled down to the Ice cream parlour (yummy)
thats all folks
have a good week
well tonight was talent night, for everybody no exceptions, that included me so I sang my own version of old macdonalds farm complete with actions, , we had a monty python sketch, sea shanty's and all kinds it was great fun , will be even better when the campers get here next week,
we have a fantastic bunch of staff and a great camp director
speak to ya all soon
well week one is over and we are into week 2 , everybody has now arrived adn today is the first day of real training, this will be a good week , the training will be intensive with some humerous bits thrown in, have no pics for you yet as we havent had much time to do anything
HI all ,
we had a tremendous day out at the beach In Asbury yesterday, it was nice and hot and the team got on well together.
went to a meeting today for the food Program , leant how to fill in all the application forms , tomorrow its back to training doing lifting and handling techniques, CPR and other stuff.
will post again in a couple of days should have some pics by then
finally arrived at camp 26 hours after setting out from Belfast , flight delays and chaos at Heathrow, but apart from no sleep everything is great.
started training this week , met some of the staff I will be working with , my partner in crime is Sandra, she is in charge of the female units and I am in charge of the male units.
been doing airport runs to collect counsellors and have more to do this week , wednesday , saturdfay and sunday.
tomorrow we are having a bonding session at the beach and boardwalk, then do an airport pickup in the eveing ,
I am so going to enjoy this summer
well take care everybody see you all soon
It's Tuesday Afternoon , everything packed, jobs done around the house, roll on Friday flying out to Newark , then on to Camp Oakhurst.
Can't wait to meet up with everyone, when they arrive on the 19th June, I should have everything sussed by then,
Well , its just 2 weeks to take off for Camp Oakhurst New Jersey, Finished my second course yesterday for Inclusive Games for the disabled, good fun and very interesting.
Completed my zip line challenge last week for Marie Curie, what a buzz.
Just hope the ash cloud disappears quickly and everyone gets away.
good luck to all have a graet camp
Its wednesday night 12.20am , just updating my blog , received a call from the camp director (Charles) offering me another position at camp instead of my original job offer, well chuffed and looking forward to arriving at camp and getting stuck in , this camp is going to be great fun , lots of work , plenty of laughs and by the folks I have been in touch with who are going to the same camp it should be great craic.
see ya all there
Monday evening, all sorted , outbound flights accepted, return flight date accepted, just waiting for info from Camp Oakhurst.
succesfully completed inclusive skills course with disability sports NI.
getting ready for camp , some clothes organised, laptop , cameras
come on June
take care everyone
its wednesday 23rd March, flights now confirmed for 10th June. Belfast to Heathrow and heathrow to Newark .
just need to start gathering kit, camera's , sun lotion, etc.
June can't come quick enough,
take care everyone
Hi , its sunday afternoon dinner is cooking, footie on the box what more could I ask for , well I could be in summer camp, hurry up June.
anyone else for Oakhurst drop a note....