Day 3 of night camp started off more organized for most of us than the first two nights. We were more comfortable in our roles and had a better idea of what to expect at the camps. Even with the language barrier, Intake seemed to flow for me on this particular evening. We were having a great time! Ann Connor was leading a group in song while Caroline Kennedy played harmonica. All was going as well as could be expected, and then I felt it. A rain drop. One drop….then two….then ten….. I was standing near Maeve Howett when I looked at her and she yelled “RAIN!”. As quickly as the rain started, we all grabbed equipment and began loading the van. I have never seen a group move so fast and work so methodically. We had just met each other less than 72 hours earlier and we were already pros.
Even despite the rain, the evening was incredible. The men we were able to see this evening were incredibly grateful. But honestly, I felt like I was receiving more from them than we were able to provide. It was discouraging having to turn some men away due to rain. But knowing we would be back at the same camp next week helped alleviate some of the guilt.