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Posted June 24, 2014 by
Tags: Summer Camp

It's Sarah here, the girl behind the camera this summer. I'm going to tell y'all how to see pictures of your kids while they're at HoneyRock by way of FAQ. Here we go!

First things first: what's the link to SmugMug?

www.honeyrock.smugmug.com/Summer-2014

How many times is it updated?

I do my best to update Intro &  Res Camp every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. High School programs ( Advance Camp, 2:22, Service Team) are updated every Tuesday/Thursday. However, keep in mind that Advance Camp and 2:22 go on relatively long wilderness trips, so there won't be quite as many updates during those times. In Advance Camp, guys leave the first week and girls towards the middle/end of camp.

Assistant Counselors (ACs) also have their own gallery, so I try to pick out all of the pictures they're in to duplicate from the Intro/Res sessions into their gallery.

How is HoneyRock's SmugMug page organized?

If you follow the link above, it will take you directly to our "Summer 2014" folder. Find your camper program by rolling your mouse over the boxes to see their titles, and click!

If you have to search for HoneyRock's page at www.smugmug.com, simply look to the upper right hand corner of the screen, and type "HoneyRock." Click "People" under the new search bar, and HoneyRock's profile will pop up.

Where do I find the password? Why do we have one this year?

If you remember past summers, we didn't protect our images with a password. We introduced this safety measure so only the loved ones of campers can see our photos. If you check the email you provided HoneyRock, the password should be included in an email that was sent at the beginning of your camper's session.

Can I order pictures off of SmugMug?

Yes! That's the beauty of this site - not only can you view pictures, but you can also order prints directly to be shipped to your home. Easy!

Update, June 25:

You're talking about some email with the password - I can't find it!

We've been having some difficulty with our emails going directly to Junk mail - check your spam box to see if it accidentally got lumped in with those pesky subscription emails.

Why aren't there as many high school photos as Intro or Res Camp?

There are a couple reasons for this.

First, Intro Camp is three times as big as Advance Camp. With about 165 little ones running around, it seems like everywhere I turn there's a new face to capture. Advance Camp has 51 campers - which means they are more spread out doing different activities around camp.

Second, Intro Campers are so much more inviting for me to snap their picture. Like the little boy in the picture below, they'll literally run by yelling "take my picture!!" which is AWESOME. However, there aren't many, if any, high schoolers that would do that. It's incredible to see how this changes from Intro up to High School - how the younger ones are so much more free, while the older kids are a lot more self-conscious. I could talk a lot more about that, but maybe in another post.

Third, Advance Camp & 2:22 go on longer wilderness trips where, unfortunately, I can't follow. However, your camper will have so many stories to tell from this time!

Fourth, Service Team & Assistant Counselors are so spread out on camp. Sometimes, Service Team even goes off camp to help out around town. I do my best to enable their counselors to get good shots during these times. Also, as I mentioned yesterday, Assistant Counselor pictures may accidentally get lumped into the Intro/Res folders.

I don't see many pictures of my camper in worship or bible study or quiet time - why not?

In my mind, this is always a balance. Since HoneyRock is a place apart, and I firmly believe in keeping it that way, I don't always want a camera up in their face - especially when they're in the middle of worshiping or bible study. That's an incredible time of learning and growing in faith...the last thing I want is for kids to be distracted by me fumbling around with a camera and the "click" as the photo takes. At the same time, I want to show all parts of camp, allowing parents to get a glimpse of a "day in the life". I'm still working on finding that balance!

 

Anyways, while snappin' photos isn't my only job, it's definitely my favorite part of serving at camp. Getting out of the office, running around, seeing all of the smiling faces is the best part of my day! Here are a couple of my favorites from the past 24 hours.

HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development

Cabin of Advance Camp guys, about to leave on trip!

HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development

Intro Camper, as he was running by "Hey! Take my picture!"

HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development

Intro Campers, about to play "Ninja."

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Intro Camper: ""YEAHHHHH!"

HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development

Some of our cute little Daisy Chains.

HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development

Women ACs '14

If you have any other questions, thoughts or concerns, please leave a comment or email media@honeyrockcamp.org - thanks!