Campus and Community Society and Culture
Dynamic Duo Qualified prospects Tech Wreck Summertime Camp
Victor Rogers | July 15, 2021
• Atlanta, GA
Abby Harvey and Darrin Wolfe jokingly simply call them selves companions in crime. The duo operates the Tech Wreck Summer months Camp, an 8-week working day camp for youngsters (ages 6 to 13) of comprehensive-time Ga Tech college, staff members, and pupils. Harvey is the camp director and Wolfe is the co-camp director.
As the competitive athletics coordinator of functions for the Campus Recreation Centre (CRC), Harvey oversees intramural sports activities and sports golf equipment through the tutorial year. For the summer season camp she oversees all operations, from arranging to registration and staff training.
“It’s one particular of all those work that when you do it appropriate and every thing goes well, it doesn’t really feel like a work at all,” she stated, “because my career in the summer time is enjoying online games with youngsters.”
Harvey offers the camp a new theme each individual week. For “Beach Week” the sand volleyball court upcoming to Roe Stamps Industry became a position for making sandcastles.
“We have young children who have been coming to camp right here given that they have been growing initial graders all the way by means of getting a teenager,” Harvey explained. “I never want to do the same things in excess of and more than. Camp ought to be a new practical experience for them every 12 months, so that is a entertaining challenge for me. I appreciate becoming resourceful and coming up with new entertaining things to do. And there is very little far more creative than having a bunch of young ones keeping you on your toes.”
Harvey’s co-camp director, Wolfe, focuses on the employees education side and helps make certain the crew of 25 camp counselors is prepared to search after the 50 to 70 youngsters who usually show up at the camp. For the reason that of the pandemic, Harvey and Wolfe had to change the camp’s things to do.
“We utilized to just take the campers on subject outings to venues in and close to Atlanta,” explained Wolfe, who has been at Georgia Tech for 4 a long time. “We’re not doing subject trips this yr, so we’re bringing enjoyment and functions to campus, like ice product vehicles and inflatables.”
Previous calendar year Tech Wreck was open up for only a week and a 50 percent just before closing simply because of a rise in the range of Covid-19 conditions. But Harvey learned a good deal from the working experience that could be applied this calendar year. She also shared best methods with camp directors from other universities by means of the Nationwide Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
“I grew to become a youth courses leader in this spot for the reason that we have been open up when most other camps were being not,” mentioned Harvey, who partnered with a colleague from the University of Wisconsin to take part in a sequence of round tables hosted by NIRSA. “It was great to share our encounters and help folks across the place get their camps began up once more.”
Wolfe enjoys Tech Wreck due to the fact it’s a team energy with plenty of do the job accomplished by the camp counselors and assistance from other CRC workers users. It is also great split from his typical part as aggressive sporting activities coordinator for workers progress at the CRC.
“I get pleasure from functioning with university college students throughout the 12 months,” he explained. “The summer time camp allows me perform with a distinct age team, and they retain us young. It’s also exciting to see the returning children and their development and maturity stage from yr to calendar year. Even though we only see them for the summer time, we have an impact on their lives.”
When they aren’t doing work, Harvey and Wolfe often hang out jointly and with other CRC team associates.
“A ton of the coordinators at the CRC are transplants to Atlanta, and we seriously did not know any other people in the city,” Harvey claimed. “We grew to become a close friend group definitely rapidly. On weekends we hold out, perform video games, and do normal matters that buddies do. It’s been brilliant to have co-workers who are also your buddies.”