Living at camp during the winter is quite an experience. Sometimes it’s quiet, and sometimes it’s cold. I have come to appreciate these times, and I still get amazed at the way the community can come together and pull me back in after I’ve been on my own.
Building community is one of the four big goals for all programs at Sanborn, and today I better understood why we are so successful in this area: we have a rock-solid community of core year-round staff and support staff.
As a way to continue to improve all areas of our programs, we held the first ‘Creative Cuisine’ lunch today at The Nature Place. The idea was developed by Shavano, one of the head cooks at The Nature Place, and entailed a potluck meal involving all winter staff and support staff. We gathered for lunch, with everyone bringing a dish that could be used to expand and diversify the menu options of the kitchens.
As you can imagine, we enjoyed food of all varieties – salads, appetizers, casseroles, soups, and amazing desserts. I wish I could share the tastes I experienced – I’m still stuffed as I write this.
Creative Cuisine definitely brought out a new array of options for our cooks, but it’s the experience of the lunch that I’m still digesting. After a few months of working on my own projects in and around the office, I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed getting to reconnect with the great people that work together in so many different areas for this great organization. Cooks, laundresses, maintenance staff, office staff, summer camp folks – so many people that I haven’t seen as much this winter.
I was reminded of why we all love to work at Sanborn – it is a home for everyone that comes through. Our community stretches across generations, across the world. Every person that is touched by being here can remember this community. You can take comfort in the knowledge that the next time you come to Sanborn, we will have some great new meals. More importantly, though, we will still be the community you were a part of, and we’ll pull you back in too.