Feel Good Friday: Ice Cream For Breakfast! And Other Lessons Learned at Camp

Last weekend I volunteered as a counselor at Pacemaker/ICD Camp.  Funded and sponsored by Children’s Hospital in Boston, this camp is for kids, age 7 to 21, who have Pacemakers.  They are too sick for regular camp and not sick enough for camps that host terminally ill children.  Weekends like this change how you think about and live your life.

Not everyone will agree, but eating ice cream for breakfast is “feel good living”.  I know, I know, what about healthy, nutritious breakfasts.  This is (non-health related, all about fun) camp!  Below is a picture of the girls and the counselors after a yummy pancake and ice cream breakfast. All smiles makes it worth it, don’t you think?

The World Needs More Camp Counselors!  People with big hearts, big smiles and big energy.  How can you not appreciate a guy who sports a bandanna loaded with peace signs, with a pretty felt flower sticking out of the top? The girls, both young and old, loved him.

Some of the activities included High Ropes and Climbing walls. Sure there were nerves, a bit of squealing, and a little bit of “I want to come down”, but with the right amount of encouragement, these kids did what they had to do, even at 35 feet off the ground.

Put like minded people together and they will become fast friends. Many of the girls in our cabin didn’t know each other before arriving on Friday.  And yet the hugs went round and round when we said our good-byes two days later. No one wanted to go home!

7 Feel Good Living Lessons from Camp

  1. Take time to sit and eat meals as a “family”. Talking and connecting over a meal feels good.
  2. Encouragement is a powerful tool.  Watching the success of others feels good.
  3. Play more. It feels good.
  4. Eat what’s put in front of you.  We ate tator tots, ice cream, French toast sticks and other “non-food” items.  I cringed at first then decided, “What the heck. We’re at camp!” And this week I’m back to my normal eating regimen. Not worrying so much about what you eat ALL the time feels good. (Note: I am not condoning tator tots and fake chicken patties as “ok” on a regular basis. What I am suggesting is to stop stressing so much about the food we do eat. And if you can’t let the stress go, maybe it’s time to readjust your diet or health habits.)
  5. Sometimes it’s ok to eat ice cream for breakfast.  Gives you a new perspective on life. Switching things up feels good.
  6. Hug someone.  A smile and a hug feel good!
  7. Volunteer your time. When you feel good about yourself, you can more freely give to others without expecting anything in return. That is the ultimate in feel good living.

Do you have a favorite volunteer organization you give to?  What’s your favorite way to give back?  We’re all passionate about different things, share your thoughts below and maybe we can help others connect to an organization that is a good fit for them.

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  • http://www.jungleoflife.com/ Lance

    See that hat you are wearing…the one with the star on it?? Yep – I know what that star is for – it’s for YOU!!! You are a STAR for giving your time to these kids!!! Awesome!!!

    I was at a soccer game last night – for my daughter’s team, which I coach. Each year as we start the new season (which started in late August) – the first couple of weeks are a bit awkward, as everyone gets to know each other (we have kids from a couple of different schools and multiple grade levels). Last night though, I was really noticing how they have gelled together as a team. And, like camp, that’s these kids getting to know each other and have fun together. And…somewhere along in the season…there will be ice cream!!!

    Stacey – you DO make a difference in so many lives!!!

    …your star shines brightly!!!!

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  • http://evolvingwellness.com Evita

    Hi Stacey,

    Ok, ok no comments on the whole ice-cream thing 😉

    But the photos are so good, and the kids look vibrant, and your smile in there adds so much too. I think camp is a wonderful idea, as it can bring so many together, so fast, and explore nature and all sorts of wonderful new things!

  • http://www.purposepowercoaching.com Chris Edgar

    Hi Stacey — I’m glad to hear you had fun volunteering — it’s funny, I just volunteered at a weekend for young men, and I ran into the same kind of hang-ups around food but played along for the weekend. I am grateful, though, that I’ve always been able to deny myself that kind of food in my everyday life. :)

  • http://www.2knowmyself.com Farouk

    that is interesting :)

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Lance – thank you! Isn’t it amazing how when you put like minded people together (and ice cream) they can become friends? I love it!

    Evita – thanks for not judging :-) We’re human, not perfect, right? And ice cream makes camp so much more enjoyable!

    Chris – Because I don’t eat that way at home, I let it go for the weekend. There was no point in stressing about it! When in Rome…

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