|Just Do It|
I got in some VoMo (volunteer mom) time today at band camp, which has been going on for the past two weeks.
They'd asked for volunteer "Parent Chaperone for Band Camp". I asked one of the boosters about it.
"Basically you will be there for any students needing a little extra assistance due to heat or exertion. If someone goes down on the sidelines – the directors or coaches want to be sure someone is there to help as needed so they can continue coaching others.
Last summer's camp had several incidents of "someone going down" - to the point of bringing in an ambulance on a couple of occasions - so the directors justifiably asked for a little help. It does get hot out there on the turf.
It wasn't too bad really. The "shift" was listed as 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and I reluctantly signed up, thinking, "Eegads, six HOURS?!" But, not surprisingly, there wasn't a whole lotta response because everyone else was probably thinking the same thing. I figured it would be an exercise in patience.
I packed a lunch and brought some tuting materials and headed over. There, I was met by VoMo Stephanie who gave me the low-down.
"I was here the first day to be our guinea pig", she explained. "I couldn't believe we'd need to be here for six hours".
Well, thank goodness for GPS (guinea pig Stephanie)!
Long story short, she'd figured out the schedule of things and knew when we'd be needed most. My "Eegands, six hours?!" shift turned out to be about three-and-a-half hours with a big chunk of break in the middle.
So it was actually pretty good duty. The weather was comfortable, I got to see how this year's show is progressing, talked with a few of the kids and parents. Meego decided he wanted to march this year instead of play in the pit, so he's in the drum battery at "bass drum 3"
And as far as measurables go...
- two asthma attacks
- one popped knee
That was pretty much all the excitement. Plus I completed nearly all of an ACT practice test.
I also learned that there is one girl in the band who is "sorta, like, allergic to the sun". She plays clarinet and will break out in hives if not careful. "She got some in her mouth the other day, and we need to make sure she doesn't get them in her throat".
She was out there in long sleeves, pants, gloves, and a big hat.
Allergic to the sun, yet living in Colorado and participating in marching band.
Way to stick it to the man! Respect!