Looking around the circle of directors and assistant directors I saw faces I know well, and folks I only have met over pixelated Skype calls. The spirit, however short the interaction time, though, is the same. Anticipation, Hope, Excitement, Wisdom. All this swirling together to make a mix that is the leadership of Shrine Mont. One thing that struck me as I sat in that circle for this season was that all the planning and preparation was like what happens before a holiday, all the chopping and slicing and baking and grating with the parade or game on in the background. One of my favorite parts of getting ready for a feast is the aroma, all of the goodness mixed together that makes me salivate and get excited for all the goodness that is about to come. Yeah, staff training is like that. It is a prelude to a feast.
As our leaders, both nascent and (some well) seasoned, go into commissioning and campers arrive on the mountain let us all stop and ask a blessing of Thanksgiving, giving thanks and praise for what has already happened on the mountain this season and let us celebrate the Feast that is to come.