Girl Friday is Elizabeth Logan. Elizabeth and I have been friends since we were little girls. We grew up playing and going to camps together. She is always full of energy and positivity. To say that she is adorable is an understatement. I love how passionate she is about her work and friends. She lights up when she talks about Camp DaKaNi, where she is the Assistant Director and the Director of Outreach at Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma.
An average day or week for Elizabeth:
One thing about working at a small non profit like Camp Fire is that I get to wear several hats. During the school year I run our environmental science after-school programs, and teen leadership program. In the summer I am the Assistant Director at our summer day camp, Camp DaKaNi.
Since it’s the middle of summer, I’ll put on my camping hat to answer this question.
My day starts at 5:45 am, when I pop out of bed, pour a travel mug of cold brew and head out to camp. Early mornings are peaceful at camp. I check phone messages, return emails from parents, and work on a few small projects before the flurry of 200 kids arrive at 9am.
No two days at camp are the same because of two fun variables: the outdoors and children. The weather, not so friendly animals, homesick kiddos, or little snags can create some interesting bumps in the road. Whatever it is, we roll with punches. Some days I’m down in the dirt helping a counselor start their fire to cook lunch, and other days I’m trying to squeeze in a conference call with other Camp Fire Councils. Camp life definitely keeps me on my toes and that’s why I love it!
Kids start to leave at 3:30, and camp starts to quiet down again. I end my day talking to parents, returning more emails, and begin to prepare for the upcoming week. I pack up and head out around 6:30. My roommates and I wind down by grilling out and relaxing on the patio. The more time I get to spend outside, the happier I am.
A few things that inspire her:
The number one thing that motivates me are the youth I get to work with everyday. Kids. Are. Amazing. They have this contagious energy that is absolutely wonderful to be around. Camp gives them the chance to be adventurous and creative. I get the chance to help them grow while they are here, and that’s a pretty amazing thing.
The fact that I will never have to stop learning has been a big driving force for me in the past year. I read a book last spring called Mindset by Carol Dweck. It talks about how it’s important to treat every situation like a learning moment. I think that’s a fantastic way to approach the day.
My friends, family and coworkers are also a huge source of inspiration. They all bring such exciting and creative things to the table.
How she stays centered:
The Pisces in me loves being around water. Kayaking and swimming always reshifts my attitude. I only have about a 15 minute commute, but spending some time alone in the car on the way to and from work it really calming. A little NPR or Paul Simon can always do a girl some good.