When I think about going to camp, wonderful memories flood my mind. At 39 years old, it is really all I have known. I have attended overnight summer camp every summer since I was 5 years old.
I wake up every morning at 6:30am. That is 2 full hours ahead of the all-camp breakfast. Quite frankly, it is the only time during the day when I don’t hear my name shouted left and right. It is the perfect time for me to exercise. Regardless of what time I fall asleep the night before, I roll out of bed and get going for either a bike ride, swim, jog or weight lifting session. At that time of the morning, it is simply beautiful out. Often times I am cold initially when leaving my house.
It is during my morning exercise when I think about the upcoming day and prioritizing the long list of things my staff and I have to get done. As you can imagine, a Camp Director has many things to oversee including: staff supervision, programming, field trips, evening activities and special events, health center procedures and of course office management.
I am often asked, “Fried… when do you have fun?”. I immediately answer, “when I see all of you (the campers and staff) having fun!”. That is my main role. I want everyone on camp to have fun always. While most people think about fitness goals while exercising, I think about the theme to the upcoming dance, battle of the sexes activities and our Color War Breakout. I love it! Summer time is my most creative time and I use my morning exercise sessions to establish my plans for the upcoming days and weeks.
When I walk into the Dining Hall for breakfast, everyone looks like they just fell asleep an hour earlier. Haha. Breakfast is by far the quietist of all meals so of course, its my loudest! I love singing my son’s (1 year old) favorite morning song to everyone, “Good Morning”. I am proud to say that by the end of the summer (2016), I had almost everyone signing along with me.
Most people would say that I have an unusual amount of energy. I want to portray a happy, energetic and spirited camp and I know it starts with me.
I am very fortunate to have a wonderful support team that works right alongside me. Following breakfast I meet with my entire team of adult staff and each morning I surprise them with a morning song of my choice. I usually nail it with my choice because you cannot go wrong with 80’s music. This gets us all off on the right foot.