Mini Camp! 🙂
Never underestimate the importance of providing teenagers the opportunity for proper nutrition if you want young people to excel in pushing their physical and mental limits.
Nothing makes me happier than to see kids fueling up on smart, healthy noms before a block. The offerings were appropriate, substantial, and plentiful. Kids ate their fill.
At the designated hour I gathered the kids (if you’re under 21, you’re a kid 😛 ) briefly for some opening words.
COLORGUARD! That was an awesome thing to be able to start comments with. 🙂 After welcoming the guard people, sent them off with their staff. Continued with comments to the rest of the corps, outlining the morning plan and schedule for the day, then off to the field we all went.
Stretch, P/T went well and we jumped into basics: battery with Hotcakes, hornline with Josh. I could be wrong, but I believe it was our first 4 hour morning block of the season. Staff and students had great energy and enthusiasm throughout the session. Could not have been more thrilled at the tangible progress I saw during this block by the drum corps.
David (pit ’13-’14) and Rebeca (guard ’14) stopped by to visit and I took the time to chat with them a little. Among other things, I shared what the corps had achieved thus far, where things are at now and what the corps will accomplish from here until the end of our season. So basically I was preparing myself for the interview that will be coming from Drum Corps World after they send someone out to inquire as to why we’re an amazing drum corps 😀 and why everyone should make sure to see us. (Fan Network Podcast, Ogden Utah show)
Maribel and Ruben did another great job prepping and getting the food out for the kids in the morning, this afternoon, and throughout the entire camp. I found myself a piece of asphalt, in the shade of the equipment truck, to sit, rest, and observe the goings on. Kids were happily holding paper plates with piles of food, congregating in pods in the areas around the equipment and food trucks and the surrounding buildings. A buzz of satisfaction permeated the air as mid-day grubbing ensued.
Second block began and Hotcakes and I sought a sanctuary to conference, so we proceeded to the staff lounge (the bay for the pit equipment in the truck 😛 ) Seeing the need for a pile of firewood, we began sawing logs. After about 45 min – 1 hour, Hotcakes went to listen to the hornline sectional and I went to listen to the battery.
Was a blur. After dinner, I went to the percussion sectional and listened to the battery and pit work on music before they went to join the hornline for a full music ensemble. As the drum corps pushed through the last part of the last block of this day, I was impressed that the kids had maintained an acceptable level of focus, energy, and effort, from the start of the day and through this final block. It is what we demand of them, and they met that expectation.
Loading the truck…we need to talk about how and why this can be better AND why it needs to be better.
Hotcakes took me, Kennen, and Drew to the griddle to crash for the night.
Kids looked tired in the morning, but they were moving and they were smiling. 😀 and when they needed to make something happen, they were making it happen. They all gave a solid and honest effort throughout the day to maintain and build upon the achievements of the previous day. A highlight for the day was when the entire corps, including the guard, ensembled at the end of the day.
The goals and objectives for the camp were achieved and we were all still smiling and having fun!
So far. 😛
Thanks be to all the staff and volunteers that are making this Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps happen.