Of the many benefits of having so many talented and diverse staff folks at Camp Stevens, one is that everyone brings different ideas to the table in and out of work time. For the past couple years Joe, Camp Stevens Ropes Course Coordinator and newly “promoted” Summer Garden Intern (among other things) has put together the Camp Chronicle which is, in his words: “the quirky Camp Stevens faux literary sorta social commentary zine-thing.” Staff contribute articles, art, or other submissions and Joe & Co. create an entertaining and informative product.
This time around the theme is “Taurus” and the Chronicle will include reflections on the changes that have been and continue to define Camp Stevens these days – at least internally.
Depending on the day (or moment) change can be grueling or exciting, full of opportunity or laden with fear. Change requires readjustment and learning new ways of being. There is often grief in change, but also hope. There is saying good-bye to people or old ways of doing things and hello to the new. Even the tiniest change can make an impact. And, of course, change effects each of us differently in the anticipation and the aftermath. The best we can often do is catch those who need catching, adjust and plan as much as possible, and trust everyone else will do the same as best as they are able.
Susan, Camp Stevens talented, creative, and dedicated Food Service Director and Head Chef, will be leaving here after 10 years of service before the summer camp season takes off. Her son, Aeden – who grew up at Camp Stevens – will be attending his first choice high school in San Diego. We are thrilled for Aeden, but sad to be losing Susan and Aeden from the kitchen and our community.
Also, in the next few weeks the Camp Stevens “winter staff” will transition to “summer staff” and a few folks who have been working both program and support (read: outdoor education programs and dishes) throughout the year will be off on new adventures like graduate school and fighting wildfires on a helitack crew (did I mention how diverse and talented Camp Stevens staff are?!?).
Needless to say, the times they are a-changin’ and new and exciting things surely await us around the corner (like summer camp!)*.
Please keep your ears open for how we’ll say good-bye and thank you to Susan in the coming weeks.
*If you know of any place in the San Diego area that is looking for a chef with experience who makes some of the best food I’ve ever eaten, please let me or Susan know! A tip on housing in the Point Loma area would also be welcome.
Whim: “sudden idea.” This semi-weekly post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!