For Anyone Who Mistakenly Thinks A Camp Director’s Life is Glamorous (89 Days ‘Til Camp)

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Camp directing at it’s most glamorous

I know it looks like us Maple Key people got it all together. And as far as giving your kids the most awesome-est of summers goes, we do. If you’ve seen me strolling around camp taking photos in the summer, it probably looks like I don’t do too much… and maybe to a certain extent I don’t. After all, it’s my staff who really bring the magic day after day.

This time of year though, is a different story. The only staff members are me & hubby. Early spring means marketing and registration and hiring. It means training and planning and processing piles and piles of paperwork.

For a business owner who is also a mom (currently staring down the barrel of a 2nd kid in early May) and also holding down a regular full-time job, it means a lot of other stuff too.

It means responding to phone messages from new potential camp parents in the car ride home from work, because I can’t answer the phone during the day when I’m teaching. It means typing with one hand because I’ve got a kid in my lap. It means crossing my fingers when I put my toddler to bed that he will go down without a fuss, so that I can squeeze in 3 or 4 hours of camp planning in before I finally go to bed myself.

It means conducting interviews for new staff on an impossibly few hours of sleep, because said toddler refused to eat his dinner and then woke up at 3am demanding to EAT YOGURT RIGHT NOW.

I wouldn’t change it for the world…. but glamorous? Nope. Not even a little.

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