Letter #4: Camp Coming to Real LIfe

Dear K-West Staff,

Wow. It’s Oct. 4th. You have been gone from the gates of K-West for two or three months now. It’s hard for me to fathom that camp’s been over that long. After five summers working at camp, this year has been a stranger transition than ever. For the first time, I went from working at camp in the summers to working at camp year round. I couldn’t be more excited about my job, and I really have loved the last month working in Branson during camp’s off season. However, working in the office will never compare to working in Lampe with all of you.

I have been sitting in the office, attending meetings to prep for next summer, writing you guys, brainstorming ideas to make camp better and coming up with ways to implement them, prepping for trail and learning how to interview and simply wishing I could walk TAPS through the cabins and chat with each of you. I haven’t been disconnected from camp and thrown back into sorority life, classes, campus involvement and friends like normal. I think I understand how special the three months of camp are more now that I’m on the other side of it (not that the other nine are bad, just different).

However, I get to begin traveling today and am going to get to see A LOT of you! All over the country we’re going to get to have a little bit of camp away from camp as Kanakuk shows up on your campus. Here’s where I’ll be the next couple weeks:

  • Oct. 4-5: Auburn University…..WAR EAGLE!
  • Oct. 5-6: Samford University
  • Oct. 6-8: Hanging out in Auburn!
  • Oct. 8: Kanakuk Reunion in Dallas
  • Oct. 9-11: Hanging out in Dallas and going to the Texas State Fair!
  • Oct. 11-12: Texas A&M…Whoop!
  • Oct. 13-14: Baylor University…Sic “Em!

Looking forward to the fun friends I’m going to see along this journey as well as the new friends I’ll make along the way.

*Not to mention, selfishly, I’m stoked about all the places I’m going to see that I’d never get to otherwise.*

Enjoy college like never before as Fall takes over your campus. This was always my favorite time of year at OSU: football season, Homecoming, pumpkin bars at the Kappa Delta house, changing leaves, long sleeves and cowboy boots weather and Aspen Coffee. However, while you’re enjoying it, don’t forget the memories and friendships you made at camp this summer.

Hopefully I’ll see you soon,

Your scheduler (Can’t believe I just admitted to enjoying TAPS)

Letter #3: Friends for Life

Dear friends and family from life not connected to camp,

As I have found my home in Branson and my next step with Kanakuk Kamps, our paths don’t cross daily. However, know I think of you often. I am grateful for the memories we have made over the years and the friendships that will continue in the future (even if it is from afar). I’ll never forget my tomboy days that wouldn’t have been the same without you to play with, my (BMOC days as this guy likes me to call them) athletic days that couldn’t have happened without my teammates, my college days of pomping and beach vacations that wouldn’t have been the same without fun friends who also reminded me to study!

There may be some things I write about in these letters that you don’t fully understand, but there will be plenty of things in here for you as well. You have played vital roles in the woman I am today. This blog is mainly for me, but I’d love for it to allow me to keep up with friends I don’t get to see and interact with daily as well. It may even help you answer some of the questions we all ask about one another: “Now, what is she doing these days? Is she dating anybody yet? Who does she work for? I wonder if she’s gained weight? Where does she live…maybe it’s a great vacation spot? (You know you’ve thought at least some of these!).”

I look forward to keeping up with you guys and pray for many more years of friendship. If this blogging thing helps in this process, then it will have served a much greater purpose than I could ever have imagined.

Grateful the Internet keeps us connected,

Your tomboy, (BMOC), academically distracted friend/family member

Letter #2: Goodbye Branson

Dear apartment, my office and Branson,

Well, it’s been nice knowing you.

On Monday, I go on trail. You have no idea what I’m talking about, so let me explain. Trail is short for Winter Trail, also known as Kanakuk Movie Tour. It’s part of what happens at Kanakuk Kamps in the off season. This is our opportunity to travel college campuses to inform students about Kanakuk and how they can be part of this ministry. Once they’re informed, we do interviews at 125+ campuses to make up our summer staff of 2,000+ employees. Trail is how we come up with, in my opinion and in many other’s opinions as well, Kanakuk’s greatest asset: our staff.

I’m not sure who thought it would be a good idea to let me be part of this process but somebody did, so I’ll be traveling for essentially the next two months. *Insert reason addressing this letter the way I did.*

My apartment and office (pictures to come) have been my primary dwelling places for the last month (hard to believe I’ve been employed for a month). However, I literally told the people I work with at the office goodbye on Friday for a couple months, and I will soon become a visitor to my own home.

Of course, it’s just my luck that the weekend before I leave worked best for my parents to come visit me in Shady B (endearing term for Branson). I’ve been piecing together furniture for my apartment, all of which was in Oklahoma, so they pulled a trailer to bring it. My apartment is (not completely empty anymore) furnished!! Things are slightly in order…just as I head out on the road.

Why come all the way to Branson just to be my personal moving service?! My parents made their travels a mini-vaca of sorts as well. So, we went for the epitome of the Branson experience: Dolly and the Dixie Stampede. “Pegs, pegs, we need more pegs” and Noah. And to see these guys (enough said). Three shows in a weekend…I don’t even go on the Strip three times a month. All three were a good time, and I had a blast with my parents and grandma. Thanks for a good run guys.

Branson, thank you for a great last weekend for awhile. I’m sure we’ll meet again soon.

Office, I’ll miss the people way more than I’ll miss sitting between your four white walls.

Apartment, thanks for being patient with me in the first month of our relationship. Take care of yourself in my absence and be clean when I drop in for a visit in the next couple months.

See ya when I see ya,

Your soon to be MIA tenant

Letter #1: Rookie Season

Dear friends, family, and anyone else who may care,

I write to you today with a heavy heart. Kidding, for some reason I’ve just always wanted to say that. I do write you today to tell you I will no longer be writing on the K-West blog. Many of you are holding your breath, hoping…praying I didn’t lose my job. Good news: I’m still employed. Bad news: I’m starting my own blog. It’s not really bad news, but it made the good news have a more dramatic ending.

You may ask yourself, why in the world would she want to start a blog? I’ve asked myself this same question. Here’s what I’ve come up with thus far:

  • to record my first year of real world for me
  • to track my travels (I’ll be traveling for at least 7 weeks to cities and campuses)
  • to deal with obstacles individually, then publicly allow others to benefit
  • to allow friends, family, Kamp family and strangers be part of my rookie season
  • to build relationships through being personal and REAL
  • most importantly, to make people laugh!!!

I’m not convinced any of these reasons are good enough to qualify me as a blogger, nevertheless, I stand before you proclaiming myself part of the blog world. I’ll begin documenting my rookie season of life now. Become a fan at your own risk. Goals: 1) Selfishly: to remember half the places and people I see in the next six months as well as lessons I learn and things the Lord teaches me. 2) Inclusively: to share insight into the ups and downs of the transition into real life while allowing anyone who cares to travel the country with me.

If you can’t figure out why I’ll be traveling, stay tuned…you’ll be enlightened soon enough.

So here I stand. It’s my rookie season in this thing called life. I don’t have a multi-year contract or a solid fan base like the veterans in the league do. I’m just working hard daily, hoping it pays off in the long run. Being as faithful in the little things as I can be. This blog can serve as my rookie season baseball card. Hopefully it will become more and more valuable to you, but mainly to me, with time. I look forward to this journey.


The Self-Proclaimed Blogger