Warning - this blog is a little serious and not particularly amusing. It is a short piece I wrote for counselor orientation. Each summer, we have one of the longest and most elaborate counselor training and orienation programs in the country. We spend roughly two full weeks (of 16 hour days) to help our counselors learn about running programs that are safe (physically and emotionally), fun, and "educational." To be clear, I do NOT use the "E" word (education) around campers or counselors. I love education, but most young people do not associate it with fun. We instead talk about growth, skill acquisition, and adventure in the context of outdoor education and creative play at summer camp.