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Day Camp

I currently have four part-time jobs. That’s less than I had a year ago, but more than most people have, I guess.
This isn’t anything new to me. In fact, the summer I was 17 I had three jobs. I was one busy teenager! I worked at the information desk at our local mall a couple nights a week, danced in the Electric Light Parade at Walt Disney World on the weekends and my “day job” was working as a camp counselor at a nearby day camp.

It was a fun, busy summer and I had a blast working with my group of 6-year-olds at the camp. Most days we followed the same routine, with craft time, play time, swim time, etc., but we also took field trips. These were exciting for the children, as we loaded them up to go bowling, roller skating or to visit Central Florida attractions.

One of the most memorable trips was to Sea World, where I was selected from the audience to be kissed by Shamu. You should have heard my group of children squeal, cheer and applaud that their teacher was picked.

Having worked at a summer day camp gives me an appreciation for the people who provide this valuable summer service and also of the camps themselves. In this issue, our annual camp guide, you’ll find so many wonderful options for your children’s care and entertainment this summer. No matter what their interests are, there is probably a camp in the CSRA that is just right for them.

Oh, and back to my original story…I bet you’re wondering what it was like to be kissed by Shamu. Well, it was interesting and a little scary. I mean that whale was huge—and warm—which shouldn’t have surprised me. He’s a mammal after all.

Until May,
Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a wife and mother of two young adults. She’s also a journalist and recipe developer who writes the Wednesday cooking column for The Augusta Chronicle. You can follow Karin at Check out Karin’s cooking blog at


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