At the start of the week, the museum officially began its summer camp for kids. From here on out, we will have a weekly check-in on Mondays, which seems simple enough, but the process can become quite chaotic due to the influx of parents and children, especially at the start. My supervisor, Nicole, only allowed me to lead parents and children into their classrooms, as well all as observing how check-in works since another museum employee will be traveling, and I’ll need to learn how to manage the check-in stations.
For the most part it’s fairly simple: the parent/guardian and their child will go to their station according to the child’s age, they check off their name on the list, and they receive a pick-up card. It’s a requirement for parents, or whoever is picking up a child after camp, to show staff the card in order to take their kid back. Again, it seems simple enough, but it’s almost surprising how many parents forget this rule, but it’s important for us to enforce it since we don’t want any random person taking a child after camp. This being the first week, we were more lenient with it since parents do forget, and for the most part we recognized the parents. However, my supervisor already had to deal with an angry parent who forgot their card, so she’s counting on me to re-explain the rules again to the parents next Monday for check-in.
Apart from that, I was expected to help out teachers with their classes, but thankfully all the high school volunteers showed up, so that wasn’t an issue at all. To keep ourselves busy, me and Ariana would paint some paper mache honeycombs for the beehive exhibit in the children’s museum. It took the whole week since we had to add many coats of paint, but the job got done (the museum staff had been trying to get them done for months, so they were ecstatic to see them painted).
More importantly, we started our first few tours this week. Learning the information about the galleries was the easy part, but it’s difficult managing groups of 30 or more kids , and it’s harder the younger they are. It’s important to condense and explain words like “prescription” and “pharmacist”, since most kids don’t know what either of those things are. However, giving tours is the most enjoyable part of the day since the kids’ enthusiasm and excitement to see and learn new things is motivating. Although, I need to figure out how to not wear my throat out because speaking loudly for almost an hour with each tour is tiresome.