Camp Dirt

My niece is very excited this weekend and not only because it’s the 4th of July.  She does enjoy watching fireworks, having a barbeque with family, and watching musicians sing our nations songs.  But the thing she is most excited about is going to summer camp on Lake Roosevelt.  On one of her previous camping trips, the camp was dubbed "Camp Dirt."  In preparation for going to Camp Dirt, there is a tent, sleeping bag, mosquito repellant, and many other items strewn across the dining room table and almost every other available surface in the house.  While the camp leaders thankfully provide a list of items to bring, organization is the responsibility of the camper (and anyone else she can persuade to help with packing). 

She’s been talking about the “pinecone game” they play the first day at camp, where the campers are divided into teams that race to see whose team can pick up the most pinecones throughout camp.  The game is a clever way of cleaning up pinecones from below bare feet (ouch!), but also gives the campers a chance to get to know each other . . . and to figure out what a pinecone is.  Later there’s deciding on sleeping arrangements—“you can sleep in my tent,” “point your head uphill,” “I’m on a rock”–before counselors call "lights out."  Many other events fill the next few days at camp: swimming, singing, skits, pranks (of course, what’s a campout without them), crafts, and drying your dishes in a bag.

Camp is concluded as parents return to (reluctantly?) claim campers and associated dirty sleeping bags and clothes.  But you can’t depart without gathering near the lake shore on wooden benches to watch the campers act out skits they have been meticulously practicing.  After all, no camp is complete without a good skit about chewing gum or an invisible bench.

The ride back from camp and the weeks after are filled with many more stories, stories about friendship, discovery, first this’s and that’s, stepping on pinecones that were missed on Day 1, tree sap, and rocks.  Rocks also have a tendency to travel in pockets, which is often not discovered until that first load of laundry hits the dryer (thunk! clunk!).  Hooray for Camp Dirt!

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Gina Cozza is a talented administrative professional with a love for learning. These talents along with her desire to help people succeed are the reasons she created Invisible Business Solutions. With over 20 years experience in the engineering industry, serving both government and small business sectors, Gina has proven her success time and again. In 1989, Gina started working for the US Bureau of Mines as an intern. She worked her way through high school and college gaining many different skills along the way. In 1993, she transitioned to the small business sector working for a geologist. While working in a small office, she learned many different aspects of the business including accounting and field work. When the business closed in 1998, Gina began working for another small engineering firm in Spokane, WA. Gina quickly worked her way up from office assistant to office manager within the small engineering firm. During her 12 years as office manager, Gina took on many responsibilities within the organization including but not limited to client relations, document review, collections, accounts receivable, accounts payable, environmental field work, as well as many other administrative tasks. Gina learned quickly that working for small business requires you to “wear many different hats.” She found that she loved the diversity of the job. In 2009, Gina opened Invisible Business Solutions. The primary focus of Invisible Business Solutions is assisting businesses with their administrative needs. This includes a variety of services, such as document review, transcription, collections, or contact management. Gina has extensive experience with all aspects of Microsoft Office Suite, dealing with many administrative areas any small business may have. Gina realizes that technology is advancing daily and businesses need to keep up with social media in order to prosper. She tries to educate herself in order to understand this ever evolving technology in order to help her clients stay on top of the social media market.
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