In continuing our series on student and faculty summer happenings we bring you a post from Art Major, Rebekah Smith who spent her summer in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at Wheaton’s Honey Rock Campus.
This summer I got to work as the Craft Shop Lady at HoneyRock camp. It was kind of a dream job, seeing as I love camp, crafts and kids. My days were full of the 40 campers that came through each day along with dealing with ordering supplies, cleaning up, instructing, facilitating, and most importantly, telling people where to find things in the Craft Shop’s many cabinets.
Everyday the last hour and a half of my work was devoted to one cabin (campers and counselors) that would come to the Craft Shop for a special cabin activity. This was my favorite time of the day because this is when I got to work with the kids on group projects! I got to come up with several projects that I hoped addressed one of the cabins’ most pressing needs, the need for unity within their group. I got to take part first hand in the kids’ transformation as they struggled through the challenges of collaboration!
The campers made some brilliant and inspiring works of art this summer, they truly explored their options and pushed their minds and hands towards creativity! I am now in the process of writing a proposal for curriculum changes that will encourage such crafting in the future. Here’s to creativity, collaboration and crafts!