Youth Camp Director Expects To Finish Camp With Surplus For First Time In History
Pete Conroy has been youth camp director of the North Carolina district of the Wesleyan Church for 10 years. Every year, they try to keep the registration as low as possible so as many teens as possible can attend camp. He has cut corners without hurting the camp every year, but always ends up with a deficit after each summer event.
But this winter as he was brainstorming with his camp leadership team, the concessions director had a stroke of genius. Flip Warner, who has been running the snack shack for 17 years piped up and said, "I want to add tide pods to the lineup." The team looked at him like he was nuts. He pushed through, "I know it sounds crazy. But kids are eating those things like they are going out of style. It's been all over the news. It's the biggest dangerous fad in a decade. If I have them on the shelf next to the skittles, I'll guarantee you that they will be the hottest selling item on the campground this year."
"Bigger than Axe body spray?" asked Conroy. "Ha!" exclaimed Flip, "Guys will use their Axe money on the pods. It won't even be close. A container has 54 pods. I'm sure teens will pay $3 each. The container costs $12. You do the math. And if I buy them at Sam's... anyway, I predict we will run out of pods before we run out of clean space on the boys dorm floor."
Norma Sprague, legal counsel for the leadership team argued that the idea would increase their liability, but could not argue that it would feel good to end the camp in the black. Conroy finished the meeting by saying, "It may be my last camp, but it will be memorable."