This week, Aly starts a summer job that’s perfect for her. She will spend a good chunk of her summer at a summer camp on the west coast. Her position: Outdoor Living Skills Specialist. Is that perfect, or what?
She would have preferred a paid gig on an archaeological dig, but this is the next best thing.
She’s a “legacy” of sorts at the camp. Her great grandmother, for whom she’s named, used to take her young charges to this same camp many years ago.
Working under an assumed names (staff and counselors go by nicknames) she and another young lady will teach primary to high school kids how to handle themselves safely in the outdoors, start safe, controlled fires, chop firewood, wildcraft food, and more. She also intends to try to instill in them an appreciation for the natural world.
We heard from her the day after she arrived; she’s apparently having a blast! The staff will have a week to themselves at the camp, then the kids will come in for week long camping experiences.
She’ll wrap up mid-August, at which time she’ll fly home for a while. How long that will be depends on whether or not she can find a good job here in town. Luckily, she’ll arrive about the time most young people her age need to start back to college, so she might be able to find a shoulder season job for a while. Of course, by then, we’ll be so glad to have her home, I’m tempted to pay her to hang around the homestead every day!