Summer Camps, Deaf Awareness Month, Ideas?

I posted a video yesterday on YouTube, but completely forgot to post here so it’s linked below along with a blog post! These are my thoughts on summer camps and how they approach thank-yous at the end of these camps.

I’ve worked for summer camps for a long time, as long as I could, since I was 17, at some camps. So, this is a pretty important topic to me. Summer camps, to me, is a place where kids can discover who they are, really figure out their identity, meet other people like them, meet other people who have the same passions. So I believe summer camp is a very important part of kids growing up. I would encourage anyone to go to camp. Today, my focus is on the adults who work at these camps. I’ve worked for several different summer camps so I want to be clear, not all summer camps are like this. All of them have different ways of doing things, different processes. That’s fine, let’s put that aside. But I’m talking more about some specific camps that do this. Or rather, don’t do this.

What is this? I’ve noticed that some camps will do thank yous to directors, thank you to a guest presenter, or a “teacher” during the camp. “Thank you, thank you!” to all of those people, thank you to sponsors, thank you to…. Parents! Thank you to all of those, but one group of people that they frequently forget to say thank you to is the counselors. Counselors meaning the people who supervise the kids while they’re sleeping, supervise during the day, do and are responsible for the activities, watching the kids. Often, that group is forgotten. That group is pretty important for the camp to operate. Without that group, you would not be able to do this camp as well. Often, teachers don’t have the role of watching the kids during the day. That’s the counselor’s role. If there was no counselor, would the teacher be responsible for that, plus teach? No. Overnight, counselors watch the kids overnight. Without that supervision, would parents feel safe? No. Counselors become role models to these kids. These kids look up to the counselors! I’m not saying this to be egoistical or anything, it’s not that. It’s true, it happens. Kids look up to these counselors. Especially at d/Deaf camps. These d/Deaf children often grow up with no one to look up to. They come to this camp, and see a d/Deaf adult, “They seem to be doing their job well, oh, that means I can do this too. I have a future.” That is pretty big for d/Deaf kids, seeing someone they CAN look up to, and someone who is the same as them.

So, with all of that, when camps don’t give thanks to these counselors, that bothers me. Without them, the camp wouldn’t be a success. Without them, the kids may not want to come back the next year. Without them, the camp would be nothing. So… If you are a director of a camp, or upper-level staff, or on the board for a camp, keep this in mind when you run a camp. Remember to say thank you to the counselors. Seriously. They’re a pretty big part of summer camps’ success. You obviously can see this is pretty important to me. And it’s not like I’m saying this because I WANT to get thanks for this, no. Well, yes — really — honestly. I’m doing this because it would be really nice to have thanks for all of the work that we (counselors) do. Because… It is not easy. Some camps are not easy. I’ve experienced working at a camp for two weeks, with a team of four counselors (two male, two female). With twenty-four kids. And almost no breaks. Technically, we did have breaks, but we often didn’t take them because we couldn’t. And… It was not easy. (chuckles) Don’t get me wrong! I love it, the camps, I love working at these camps. But… It’s not easy sometimes. So, I think it is important for people in general — directors, board, parents, teachers — to remember that counselors are really important to summer camps. And remember to say thank you to them for the hard work that they do. For investing their time for kids that aren’t even theirs! Okay, that’s it for today’s topic.

September is Deaf Awareness Month! Of course, being me, I don’t have any plans for this… And I should! I do have a couple ideas for videos that I’ve had written down for a while that could apply to this month, so I might do those. If you have any specific things related to being Deaf that you want to know about or see in a video, let me know! (I’ll really appreciate it.)

ALSO. Ideas for any other type of video are welcome, I like getting input from others and including them. I was thinking I might like to try doing a guest blog on here from time to time… But maybe I should get better at consistently posting first? Let me know what you think. I miiiiiight have something out tomorrow, we’ll see. Later!

Two weeks ago…

My last post was two weeks ago, and I could’ve posted something during that time but… You see, I’m not doing much these days other than searching for a job and hanging out at home. Occasionally getting out of the house to meet with friends, but not much other than that. So there’s that. I don’t have much to talk about what’s going on in my daily life. I do have a few topics I want to talk about and I have a whole list of ideas for YouTube. It’s not that I don’t have the energy, I do. I just need to find the motivation to film something and get the editing done. I think I will try to make a video and post by tonight/tomorrow. It’s one that I’ve been mulling over for quite a while so I don’t think it’ll take too long to do. I also have a special video planned for just over a week from now. I just hope I can actually finish it on time. That’s all for today. Like always, if you want to ask me questions or want to hear my thoughts on a topic or whatever, please let me know! See you next time.

Last post: June 18

I know. I suck. It’s been almost a month since I last posted. Better than before that I suppose, but still. I really do want to do better! Okay, quick basics: still looking for a job, no new videos on YouTube yet, still been posting pics on Instagram (@shan_no_nosays). I am currently working on editing a video, and I have plenty of ideas for more. I just need to light a fire under my butt and do them. Right now, it’s a great time to make lots of videos because I don’t have a job or time constraints that come with that. Sooo yeah, I’ll try to make more! I also have a whole stack of books I need to read before they’re due back at the library! Maybe I’ll make a post talking about them, and if they were good or nah.

One other thing I want to do more is drawing, or just making art in general. I used to make so much in high school, and a bit in college but I’ve really not done much since, so I want to get back into that. I’ll post pictures of them, if I get around to it! I think I’ll end here, and hopefully you’ll see me post again soon!

Small YouTuber Tag

Video: http://youtu.be/YukFKLhZmsc

Hello! It’s been a while since I did kind of, a sit down and chat kind of video/post so I decided why not do the “Small YouTuber Tag?” It’s pretty simple. For those of you who don’t know what a tag means, it means you have a list of questions to answer, and the last question is “who do you tag to do this video next?” For this one, it’s only eight questions, that’s all.

1. What inspired you to start making videos?

For me, I feel like in the deaf community, there’s very few vloggers. There are a few out there, yes, but… Compared to the percentage of the deaf population, it’s maybe… 0.000005%, I don’t know, but a really small percentage do YouTube videos. At least, the kind that I do – travel, showing life… So, I felt that if I want to see that kind of thing, maybe I should just do it myself. So that’s why I started making videos.

2. How long have you been on YouTube and are there other channels you have?

I’ve been… Well, I’ve been ON YouTube for… Since 2009? Which would be eight years. Something like that. But I’ve actually been making videos regularly for almost two years now. It will be two years this August.

3. Where do you see your channel in five years?

Pfft. Five years from now? I have no idea. I do hope I am still making videos by then. But…where it will go, what I’ll be doing with it… I have no idea. There might be more sit down kind of thing… Honestly, I have no idea.

4. What message are you trying to get across with your channel?

I don’t really have a huge, important message with my channel. Except that I want to show that Deaf people are people! We’re just like everyone else. We’re not these weird kind of people. No, we are just like you. We just happen to not hear, we just happen to have a different language and culture.

5. Do people from real life find your videos?

If you mean from my life, uh yes. I share it on my Facebook and….stuff. But I have had some people be like hmm, you look familiar and can’t place where I know you from. I’m usually, uhhh YouTube, Facebook…? Now, it’s even worse since I’ve been involved with Frontrunners. It’s an international thing so… My face is out there.

6. What does your username mean?

Sigh. I really, honestly want to change it. I’ve been thinking about maybe switching to a new YouTube, setting up a new channel. Because I don’t want that username. I can’t change it because it’s “too old.” So…ugh! Really, it was just an username that I made when I was really young, like 12 or 13 years old, something like that.

7. Favorite small YouTubers?

Pfft. Honestly… I watch YouTube regularly, then sometimes there’s a whole month where I go without really watching anything. I don’t really have any YouTuber that I’m like oh! This is amazing! But one channel I do watch regularly that has really amazing, beautiful videos, is called New Age Creators. It’s a group of five people who make videos each day of the week. Like, one person makes videos on Mondays, another Tuesdays and so on. And…beautiful videos! Each week will have a theme. Like one week is change, another week is technology. Whatever. It’s really cool, and I definitely recommend you check it out. And they’re actually making videos right now on SoulPancake. They’re not really a small YouTuber, it’s a group channel but there’s some of their videos on there if you want to check that out. One con, for me, with YouTube in general is that there’s a lot of YouTubers that don’t have captions. Which is unfortunate. There are now more and more doing captions which is great, but… Not enough. The New Age Creators don’t have captions. Not yet anyway. But if you watch their videos on SoulPancake, they do have captions on there because SoulPancake captions everything. I could probably list more, but I’m not thinking of them right now, oh well.

8. Who do you tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone because…ehh. If you feel like you want to do this, go ahead! Do it!

So, that’s all for today. Hope you enjoyed it! If you want to see any specific kind of video/post from me, let me know. If you have any questions, or want to chat with me about something, let me know! See you next time.

Well, damn.

So… Here we are again. I fully accept that I am TERRIBLE at updating my website. The last was in February. FEBRUARY! Ay. So at the end of this post are links to all the videos I’ve posted since then. Okay so where do I begin for an update? Frontrunners is now over, we finished in mid-May. That was an amazing experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you qualify and are interested in going, I would recommend it without hesitation. With that over, I stopped in Rochester for a couple weeks before heading home – where I am right now. That was nice, seeing friends for a bit before coming back home, and I got to go to the Convo community event on June 4th. Basically, just a giant social and they were doing a first screening of the Rochester community video. That video was beautiful! (You can find it on Convo’s Facebook page or YouTube.) A lot of people there! There were people from Rochester obviously, but quite a few from Canada because it’s so close, and a lot came because they wanted to see Nyle DiMarco, who was the event host. Mostly it was just relaxing and starting the job search in Rochester. Now back home, I am still searching for a job (first time that I’ve actually had to look for one outside of RIT!) and hoping I can find something soon. I’m trying to keep my options open but am definitely hoping to find a job in Rochester, or in the area. I don’t know what else to write so I’ll stop here, try to be better at posting (I know, I know, I say this every time but I really do want to do better!), and I’ll see you soon hopefully!

Links:

Australia Part Four: 1 Second Everyday

Being a Tourist in København

A Week in Sweden!

#WhyISign

Calling Deaf Americans – Frontrunners

Blokhus/End of Europe

1 Second Everyday: Frontrunners

Kayaking with Frontrunners