Re: 6 Weeks at Happy Summers
Daniel’s First Evening
All of the camp or should I say, school staff had congregated back upstairs in the staff common room, and everyone was chatting in their various dormitory groups.
I hadn’t realised it, but all of the teaching staff were also there and mingling with the dorm staff.
“Does everyone live on site then Tony?”
“Yes everyone from Mrs Thompson and her husband to the cooks.
The Thompson’s actually live in a house in the school grounds not in the actual school building.
Mr Tom has his caretakers cottage up by the main gate and they are the only ones who live here all year round”
Tony handed some files to Jenny and myself.
“These are the files on the kids that are in out nursery.
Take a seat and have a read through, you’ll find some interesting reading there, but don’t try to remember everything, just try to pick up on some of the relevant points on each kid”
“Like what?” said Jenny.
“Things like why they’re here, odd family points like single parent families, siblings, criminal record if they have one, things that just jump out at you about them”
Jenny and I sat down and initially took two files each.
The top file I had was a boy named James Olgvy.
His file had a huge green tick across the front.
John Leavenger was sitting near where we were sitting and I butted in to the conversation he was having.
“John, what’s the relevance of the green tick on the file?”
“That means he or she is a returning camper.
Someone who has been here previously, knows the ropes and won’t be any trouble.
We only allow certain children to return here, not everyone qualifies”.
“But why would kids want to come back here after having the treatment I’ve seen there in for?”
“You’ll find Daniel that not every kid coming today will be here for the same reason.
Every child has a specific need to be here and you’ll find the reason if you read the file” He smiled as if to say just read it son.
I opened the file and read.
It started, James Olgvy is 12 and a child prodigy pianist.
I read on with amazement.
How the hell could a kid, a kid that’s, that intelligent need or want to be here?
He came from a stable family background, his grades were excellent, and then I spotted the problem.
James was so intensely being pushed by tutors and parents he never made friends, he never had time.
He had never had the affection a highly-strung kid needs to relax. He was constantly being taken from country to country, concert to concert.
He was schooled by a tutor and never interacted with kids of his own age.
He craved comfort, friendship and attention. Something his parents were never able to give him because they always felt inferior to James and were unable to cope.
The file concluded. James has paid his own fee to attend Happy Summers and was here with his parents blessing and consent. He has been sworn to total secrecy as to the activities of the camp and instructed not to divulge any information to any other person either attending camp as a camper or staff member.
The file had other paperwork such as Doctors reports, parental consent forms and his tutor’s report along with a picture of James.
I looked at Tony. He was intently watching my face for reactions to my read.
I motioned for him to come over.
“Do you know this boy?” I asked.
“Yes very well”
“It doesn’t say here, but is he a loner?”
”Totally the opposite actually.
James craves friendships.
He goes out of his way to make friends
but is often, and has been rejected many times over by the people he tries to befriend.
He now just needs a bit more help in learning how to develop those initial first steps.
He was my actually my main charge last year”.
Tony called over to jenny.
“Jenny! You might want to listen to this. It concerns you as well”.
Jenny stopped reading and lent forward to listen.
Every member of the dormitory staff has two cases that are theirs to develop and care for.
You’re still responsible for everyone in the school but your special cases are your prime responsibility.
They learn from you and you give to them”
“Give what? Asked Jenny.
“Whatever they need!
As was mentioned earlier every one of the new staff members here today has been employed to provide their particular skill to the development of particular children.
This is done to compliment the returning staff’s skills and make this school a very special one of a kind in this country.
But not unique in the world
Daniel! One of your primary skills is music.
There will be children here that will have particular musical talents either realized or yet to show themselves. James is one of your special cases.
He doesn’t need a tutor or a piano teacher he needs support and friendship. Build on what he tries to achieve himself and support him.
Jenny, as your primary skill lays in psychology.
You have two kids that cannot interact and require help to create social bonds to others in their family and society in general.
Everyone has a skill that we make use of for the benefit of the children.
Not just the children in your nursery group but with all the kids in the school.
We just want you to do what you do best. Both of you have worked with kids for many years in one field or another and your ability has been noted and we want you to use it here.
You both will start tonight with the two cases you have the files on.
You will be the primary carer for each child and initially you will be mentored by Ann and myself.
We will show you how to bathe, nappy and dress the children for the next few days, and then, when things have calmed down you will take full responsibility for your charges day to day welfare in the nursery.
Nope then carry on reading. The top two files are your main charges”
We both continued to read the files we had been given.
I also had a girl. Samantha, Sam to her friends.
She was 12 and a half.
She came from a single parent family and did not have a mother from a very early age.
She had become estranged from her father and had been associated with teen street gangs, drug taking and shoplifting on a daily basis.
She had become aggressive and disruptive when at school and was a persistent absentee.
It was also suspected that she was having underage sex.
The police were also aware of numerous criminal activities but were unable to prosecute; this included a recent incident only 3 weeks ago involving a pensioner and a bag snatch.
She had shown early potential in school, with an aptitude toward advanced mathematics.
Her father had proposed her for the programme and she was state funded.
I read Jenny’s files and she read mine, each child made for interesting reading to say the least.
Tony and Ann then took us through the procedure for the arrival of the kids.
It was now fast approaching five o’clock and the children’s coach was due very soon so we tidied away the files and took a final moment to gather out thoughts.
Mrs Thompson entered the room and called for everybody’s attention.
“I know for the new staff members here today, some of what you have seen and learned of may still be a bit of a shock, but please remember we are here for the children, they are our primary concern and once they enter through our doors downstairs we do not stop until we achieve what we today set out to accomplish.
I know all of you will do your best, but remember everyone is here to support everyone else.
So to paraphrase a new saying going round.
There is no I in team, so go out there and make a difference”
The assembled staff applauded her speech. Many had probably heard it many times before, but they applauded anyway.
It seemed that everyone here was out to do the same thing and that was to help these kids.
A bell sounded in the room.
“Right there here everyone to his or her places and don’t forget you’re here to enjoy it as well” Said Mrs Thompson.
“What’s the bell?” I asked Tony.
“That means the coach has passed the main gate, so we need to make our way downstairs”
As before everyone filed out of the room, passing their cups along as they did last time, but this time I wasn’t last in line near the sink.
I followed Tony out as did Ann and Jenny, and we made our way down to the front of the building to greet the happy campers with the rest of the house parents.
Mrs Thompson was waiting at the head of the line to greet the coach and when it stopped she jumped on board.
I could just about hear her welcome and a few instructions before the first few children started to file off the coach.
Everyone standing outside greeted each kid as they filed by with a welcome and shepherded him or her in through the big wooden front doors.
Once inside everyone was asked to sit and a few scuffles broke out to get the good seats but generally it was a good-natured scrum.
Mrs Thompson stood by the reception desk.
I will call you up here one by one to the desk where matron will take your details down and give you a badge with your name on it.
This badge is also your dormitory badge, as well as your name badge.
Everyone with the same colour badge will be in the same dormitory”
There were some anxious faces to this news.
I think some of the smaller kids were hoping that the bigger kids weren’t in their dormitory and visa a versa.
Mrs Thompson called the first name and one of the smaller children stood up and ran to the desk.
He seem so pleased be first and was so excited. He handed over all of his items to be placed in the locker and received his name badge then returned to his place and showed off his badge to all the other younger kids on his sofa.
That was how it went for the rest of them. They went up one at a time and handed their belongings over. There were a few who didn’t want to hand over their mobiles but soon everyone had been up.
Tony moved to the middle of the room and called everybody’s attention.
“Right now that everybody has done, listen in”
My name is Tony I am one of the house parents here at Happy Summers
There are four dormitories and there are as many as 12 of you in each one.
If you’re a yellow name badge then you’re in Arundel and Terri is your Housemistress”
“Over here” Terri raised her hand and everyone looked in her direction.
“If your badge is Blue then it’s Pembroke, and for those of you who are that’s my dormitory
If you’re Purple then it’s Andover and you’re with Suzie”
“Over here” And she raised her hand to attract everyone’s attention.
“If your Grey then it’s Windsor” and that is Mr Leavenger”
“Over here” Everyone looked in his direction.
“Each of your dormitories has 6 staff, so in a minute we want all of you to go outside with your house parents and they will show you round, after that you can have 1 hours free time before dinner, OK
“Yes sir” some answered some didn’t bother.
“Is that OK”? He repeated.
This time everyone replied “YES SIR”
Now as I’m already speaking Pembroke will go first, so would all of you with blue name badges get up and follow me outside please”
All the kids with the blue name badges followed Tony along the corridor with Ann, Jenny and myself following closely behind.
We made our way out of the building through the corridor I had entered when I arrived earlier that afternoon, past the classrooms.
Some of the kids were peeking into the classrooms as we made our way out of the building and I noticed a couple of the kids giving each other funny looks as they peered in.
We made our way across the lawned area towards one of the many large benches, where Tony got every to sit down.
“Right we know that you all itching to get going and have a look round, but first there are a few rules”
There was a loud hissing and some boos from the kids, I joined in and booed as well.
Tony looked at me with a huge smile on his face, and some of the kids looked at me in amazement, then everyone burst into laughter.
Tony continued. “Until tomorrow no one and I mean no one is allowed on or in the lake, and that includes the boats and the canoes, you can walk up the jetty but do not touch anything.
The woods are out of bounds for now, so no one is to go there, and no one is allowed back into the house until we call you all back in.
Anyone caught will not be going to the welcome party tonight.
Apart from that you can just about do what you like in the lawned area here, understood?”
All the kids nodded their understanding.
“What sort of party is it mister? Came from one of the girls.
“Well it’s a stuff yourself silly party, you’ll see” replied Tony.
“And the name is Tony, not mister or sir ok. And that goes for all the staff here, we will call you by your first names so we want you to do the same for us. Now off you go and enjoy yourselves.
We’ll ring a bell when it’s time to come back to the building”
With that all the kids ran off in different direction either on their own or as small groups.
I watched as they ran, happy to be out in the fresh air, excited to be running around.
All or the other dormitories were out and running about by now, screaming and charging around.
I spotted Tony speaking to one of our kids. He called me over to them.
“Daniel this is James, we spoke about him earlier”
“Please to meet you James”
We shook hands.
“Very pleased to meet you to” he replied.
“Young James here needs a change could you sort him out please Daniel”
I looked at Tony as if to say WHAT!! Change what?
“If you go back the way we have just come you may remember the boys and girls rooms along the corridor. You’ll find everything you need in there. James can come back out when you’re finished”
“I know the way,” said James. And with that he led me back to the house.
“So this is your second time here then James”
“So you know exactly where were going then”
“Yes, common quick. I want to get back out to play”
He knew exactly where to go and waited outside the door for me to open it.
I took out my key fob and pressed the numbers.
9807 nothing. Shit, Shit, Shit.
James looked at me as if to say what you playing at, I pressed again 8907 this time the door clicked open to my relief and we both entered.
James took off his shoes and left them by the door.
As we walked through the room I noticed he was scanning the walls.
“Looking for anyone in particular?” I asked.
“Just for my name” And with that he pointed to a nametag on the wall.
“Just there” he said proudly.
We walked through the boot room and I opened the door to the classroom corridor door, but this time remembered the number.
We walked along the corridor and up to the boy’s room.
I once again clicked open the door and we both entered.
The room was set out in exactly the same way as the Changing room upstairs, but a lot, lot smaller.
Brightly painted walls with cartoon characters, and two colourful changing tables with a table between them with wipes powder and cream set out on top.
On the back wall there were shelves stacked with disposables in five sizes from Extra small to Extra large, a smaller stack of terry nappies and a washbasin next to the table fixed on the wall.
James, without asking jumped up on to the table and laid down on his back.
“Sorry James but you’ll have to bare with me here, I’ve never changed a boys nappy before”
“You must be new here then, I didn’t think I remembered you from last year. Would you like me to help you?”
“It might help yes thanks”
“It’s your choice but you may like to grab some gloves first and then you will need to take my jeans off”
I took a pair of latex gloves out of the box on top of the table and pulled them on.
I hated the feel they made me cringe every time I had used them in the past.
I undid the button on his Levies and pulled down the zip, then gently pulled the jeans down and off his legs and placed them at the end of the changing table.
He was wearing a disposable that looked absolutely soaked.
“How long have you had this on?
“Since I left home this morning.
I knew it would be a long time before I would get a change so I tried to hold out but couldn’t hold it any longer and had to go on the coach.
Right firstly you need to open the four tabs”
“Can I ask before we go any further, have you JUST peed?”
“Yep, You’re safe I only peed it, THIS TIME!”
He laughed, he must have seen the look of utter horror on my face as I started to undo the tapes.
I looked at him, he was having fun and had a Cheshire cat grin, he knew he had a nappy virgin in his control and he was milking it.
I opened the four tabs and pulled the front of his nappy down.
He lifted his bum as he probably had done hundreds of times before.
“Pull the nappy out and roll it up”.
I did as he suggested and placed the rolled up drenched article at the end of the changing table.
“You need the wipes now”.
I picked up the wipes. I found that I couldn’t use the wipes with the gloves on.
“I’m going to have to take the gloves off James, is that ok with you?”
“I don’t like them either” he replied
I gently wiped James’s nappy area as I had seen my sister do to her kid a few times.
“You’ll need to be a bit firmer than that,” He said.
“Don’t worry I won’t break”
He smiled a broad I’m in control smile.
As I wiped his bum and willy, I noticed that he was hairless down there.
I thought it strange because I had a plenty of pubic hair by his age.
I just put it down to late development.
I looked at James he had a really long sad face now.
“What’s the matter have I done something wrong?”
“No! It’s just that I don’t like the next bit.
“Why what happens next?
“Well now you have to lift my legs and smack my bum and say naughty baby”.
“I HAVE TO DO WHAT?”
He started to smirk then he burst out laughing.
“Got ya! there, sucker”
“Why you little bugger, just for that”
I lifted his legs as if I was going to smack him as he had suggested.
“NOOOO! Please I was joking”
Then I burst out laughing, “Maybe next time eh!”
We both laughed. In fact, I cried because I hadn’t laughed so much in ages.
There was a knock at the door and Mrs Thompson walked in.
James made no effort to hide himself and just laid on his back with everything in full view.
“Is everything ok in here?”
“Yes, sorry” We both continued laughing.” Everything’s fine thank you”
“ That’s Ok then. Well I’ll leave you two to it then shall I.
Oh! and welcome back James. Pleased to see you back with us again this year”
“Thank you Mrs Thompson, I’m very happy to be back”
He again burst out laughing, as did I.
She left the room and closed the door behind her.
“Shall we get you finished then?”
“Please, then I can go play”
“What size are you?
“Small” Came the reply.
I should had realized really because he was so skinny.
I grabbed a small nappy and opened it up, James lifted his bum and I slid the nappy underneath him, positioning it as I had seen my sister do.
“You will need to put some cream on before you do it up Daniel”
I grabbed the pot of Balmex off the table and applied it to all of his nappy area.
I wiped off my hands with a wipe then pulled the nappy up over his front, grabbed the sides and horror, they didn’t line up.
James smiled and lifted his bum again and I repositioned the nappy and tried again.
It took three goes to get it right before the nappy was taped up.
“How’s that, OK?
“Yes thank you. See we got there eventually” He still had his Cheshire cat grin.
I picked his Levi’s up off the table and snaked them back on up his legs making sure that everything was tucked in
James then jumped down off the table, tucked in his t-shirt and did a final adjustment to his jeans.
“You’d never” know he whispered.
I smiled back at him.
I cleaned up and threw the sodden nappy in the pedal bin along with the wipes.
“Don’t forget to wipe the table down, we want it to be clean for the next lucky camper, don’t we” He said very matter-of-factly, as if he now didn’t have a care in the world.
“You really like it here don’t you James?”
“You bet, it’s great to be away from everything and” He cut the sentence short.
“Nothing, it’s just great to be here again”
“Right if were ready then?”
“Let’s go then”
I playfully patted his behind as I had seen my sister do to my niece.
He looked at me and smiled.
“Thanks” he said.
We made our way back outside and he headed off toward the lake.
Nice kid I thought, as I stood and watched as he raced away.
I hoped that the rest would be the same but somehow I knew that really wouldn’t be the case.
I wandered around the grounds watching everyone having fun and making sure no one got into trouble.
The lake looked lovely in the evening light, it was still only 5.30 and the sun wasn’t due to go down until 9.30 this evening, but the air was cooler and more pleasant.
It didn’t seem to worry the children though, they were still playing on the climbing frames and swings.
Some of the older kids were hanging out around one of the little summer houses near the lake I had seen earlier.
I went up to one and looked around it. It had a covered seated area at one end which was about 10feet long and a door at the other, and just like all the other doors in the school building it didn’t have a handle.
I took out my key fob and keyed in the code and the door clicked open.
I poked my head round the door found a light switch and turned it on.
It was a smaller version of the changing room I had just been in with James.
No decoration this time but it had a single changing table and stacks of nappies on shelves on the wall and a series of large clear plastic boxes stacked along the side wall.
I heard movement behind me which made me jump.
“You must keep the doors closed Daniel, I could have been one of the kids sneaking in behind you couldn’t I”
Jane had spotted me coming in and followed me.
“We must always shut the doors even if only for a second.
You’re lucky I wasn’t Mrs Thompson. She’d have had a fit seeing you leave the door open"
“Ok sorry I’ll make sure I do it in future”
“How you settling in though everything ok”
“Fine thanks. I’ve even already done my first nappy change”.
“I said proudly”
“Well done you. Not a difficult one then” She had a wry smile.
“Actually it was a returning camper”
“Which one was that then?”
“I remember him he was a lovely kid last year. A great young pianist”
“That’s him, he’s a really nice boy. I nearly had to smack his bum though”
Jane looked at me with a scowl. “I hope you didn’t” she replied.
“No! No, I never, we were mucking around while I was changing him, having a joke and a laugh.
He said that I had to smack his bum and call him a naughty baby, but he was kidding me because he knew I hadn’t changed anyone before. It was all totally innocent really”
“That’s ok then, phew I thought you had broken the cardinal rule for a minute there. Glad you got an easy one to start with though”
“So am I”
“You’ll have some difficult one’s later I can assure you.
Anyway seen enough?”
“Yea! I assume these huts are here to save time and not make everyone traipsing back in to the main building?”
“Yes there is seating outside for fifteen or so kids. This hut being so close to the lake is used for changing for the water activities.
It’s where we change the children into their swim nappies. So they can go swimming or sailing. Then back again when their finished”.
We walked outside and closed the door firmly behind us.
On the other side of the lawn we saw a commotion, with a group of kids in a circle and hurriedly made our way toward the group.
We saw one of the other house parents in the middle of the group and he seemed to have the situation well under control.
“Trevor’s got it covered” Said Jane. “We can slow down a bit”
We weren’t running but continued walking at a fast pace.
When we got to the group Trevor had one kid by his arm and we saw another on the floor.
He pulled up the kid off the floor by his arm and started marching him back to the house leaving the other one in the group.
The pair made their way back toward the house just as they reached it the call bell sounded.
“Oops, lost track of time there”. Said Jane. “We’d better hurry.
We moved across the lawn at top speed toward the house.
“I’ll catch you later Daniel. Have fun”
She hurried off to where her dormitory group were congregating.
I saw Tony, Ann and Jenny ahead with our group and made my way toward them.
”Were going to have a little race now” Said Tony as I arrived.
“We want to beat all the other dormitories into the dinner hall and get the first pick of the table places, so when I say go, follow me and run.
Oh! Before we go can you all remember your names?”
There were some puzzled looks on the kid’s faces. I myself didn’t know what he was on about.
But I noticed that James has his Cheshire cat grin again.
“Don’t bother, just follow me, GO”
All the kids with me and the girls in tow, raced off toward the house. Tony was fast and the kids had trouble keeping with him except James.
We reached the door and Tony clicked it open and everyone piled in through the open door.
We were the first dormitory to get inside.
“OK then everyone, you remember I asked if you could remember your name well now’s the time to remember.
Above each peg is a coloured name label, first one back to me having taken their shoes and jacket off and placed them in the basket under their name badge gets, gets”
“Gets what a fag?” Shouted one of the kids.
“Not likely” Tony said.
“How about the winner chooses? That’s fair. Right now GO”
Just as he said go another dormitory came crashing through the door.
They must have been given some instructions before they got here of what to do because they went straight into looking for their names.
The room was full of kids rushing all over the room.
People were crashing into each other and pushing and shoving to get to their peg first.
The first one back for our dorm was, James, thanks I’m sure to him looking for his name when we were in here earlier.
Then in quick succession all the other kids in our dormitory lined up behind him.
The one’s that were finished and lined up were shouting instructions to the ones that hadn’t found their pegs yet.
To make things worse the little kids then crashed in through the door and now there were even more bodies flying around the room.
“Over there Simon” Called James
He pointed to the far wall and Simon spotted his name ripped his shoes and coat off and threw them in to the basket.
He was the last one back but our dorm was still winning because most of the other kids were still running around like headless chickens.
“Well done everyone, see team work pays off. “Tony seemed generally delighted with coming first.
“James as you were first back here you can see me later for your prize.
Right quick everyone follow me”
We all headed up through the corridor again, past the classrooms. Through the entrance hall and toward the dining room, some of the kids were slipping in their socked feet on the polished floor but we were still in front.
Suzie, Jane and Andover kids were coming a close second to our kids but we reached the dining room door first.
Tony stopped everyone at the open door.
“Well done everyone. That’s the first time Pembroke has won in four years. Brilliant” Tony appeared to be really genuinely pleased to have won, and all the kids cheered.
“Right everyone, we won so you can go in first.
You can sit wherever you like on that far table it’s your choice”
“Do we have to sit together Tony?” Asked Steven.
“No wherever, it’s your choice but don’t anyone start eating until I say so.
All the kids rushed into the room and ran around the table looking for the best place to sit.
After 30 seconds or so some of them were still not sitting so Tony gave them a countdown from 10.
By 2 everyone had grabbed a place on the bench.
Next to come in were the Arundel kids then the Andover’s and lastly Windsor.
I couldn’t believe they were last so I assumed John had held them back to protect the younger kids.
Once all the kids were seated the adults all sat down next to them.
I sat next to James as no one else had.
Tony said. “Right get stuck in”
All the kids grabbed a handful of food and pushed as much as they could in to their mouths.
So much so that some couldn’t chew.
Mrs Flagstaff and her ladies came in after a while with drinks trolleys, and everyone chose a drink.
I turned to James who was stuffing his mouth just like the others.
“You’ll make yourself sick”
He nodded, as his mouth too full to speak.
After about an hour of everyone filling their faces with food and drink, some of them looked a little green around the gills.
Tony stood up from our table.
“Right everyone I can see that your all just about full now, so one dormitory at a time, I would like us all to make our way upstairs so we can start to get you settled into your rooms for the night”
There were a few boos and lot’s of shouts of.
“It’s too bloody early for bed”
But everyone from our dormitory stood up and followed Tony out of the room.
We all made our way upstairs and headed for the playroom.
Tony settled the kids down while there rest of us made our way into the changing room.
Trevor and Kim who I’d met earlier were already in the room.
“Are the first baths run? Asked Ann.
“Yes. Already to go,” replied Kim.
“Daniel you’re with me. Just follow my lead for the first one”
Tony came through with the first three boys.
Adam, Christopher and Bruce.
Ann and I moved over to one of the tables and we called Bruce over.
Tony and Jenny took Adam and Trevor and Kim took Christopher.
“Jump up onto the table please Bruce” Requested Ann
He jumped up and sat with his feet dangling above the floor.
“We have to do a few medical checks before we can allow you to do any of the activities here Bruce” Said Ann.
“I need to take your temperature and blood pressure and we need to give you a little injection”.
“Injection! What for?” He asked.
“Well our lake has some nasty bacteria in it. And so you don’t become sick we need to give you a little injection”.
“Oh! Ok” said Bruce.
“Just get on with it then!”
“Ok take your top off so I can do your blood pressure”
Bruce removed his shirt
Ann picked up a thermometer and placed it under Bruce’s armpit.
Then she picked up a pressure band and stethoscope to take Bruce’s blood pressure.
Wrapped the band around his other arm and pumped it up and watched the little dial on the rubber tube as she checked his beats on his elbow.
“That’s fine” and she took off the band.
She then took out the thermometer from under his arm and looked at it. “That’s fine as well, you’re still alive. She smiled.
Now It’s only a little jab in the bum nothing to be worried about” She told Bruce.
“Take your trousers off and lay face down on the table for me”.
Bruce jumped off the table dropped his trousers and jumped back on.
Ann pulled his boxers back and injected his left cheek.
“Ouch” complained Bruce. “That hurt”
“Sorry I missed”
“Missed, missed what? What did you miss?” Said Bruce.
“I was aiming for your other cheek and missed”
Ann laughed and so did Bruce. I watched on, paying attention to everything that was going on. Although I was supposed to be helping Ann I was more interested in making mental notes as I watched her work.
Ann started talking to Bruce about what he wanted to do while he was at camp and general points about his family and school.
“Ann I feel all strange, I can’t move my arms” Said Bruce. He had a real concerned look on his face.
“It’s ok mate it’s just an effect of the injection.
“But I can’t move my fucking legs now, shit I’m gonna die”
“You’re not going to die, you just won’t be able to move for a while, it will wear off don’t worry”.
Bruce was nearly in tears.
Don’t worry everyone has the same reaction after the injection”. I said.
“Right are you ready for a bath?”.
“I can’t have a bath, I can’t move”.
“It’s ok” Said Ann,” Daniel and I will bath you”.
“I don’t think so, I don’t want a fucking bath.
How long does this last? Me not being able to move?”
“Well you should be up and running around again by morning”
“What the fuck am I gonna do till then. I can’t move”
“Look Bruce. Firstly we don’t like fowl language around here, it’s not very nice, secondly, because you can’t move for yourself we will have to do it for you won’t we”
“But I don’t want a bath I don’t need a bath I had a shower this morning”
“Well everyone here gets one on their first night.
Give me a hand Daniel and we’ll carry Bruce Through”.
Ann pulled Bruce’s socks off first and left them on the pile of clothes on the floor.
“Look I really, really don’t want a bath and you can’t make me have one”
“Too late” Said Ann and with that we rolled him over and picked him up and carried him into the bathroom.
Ann pulled his boxers down and left them on the floor.
We then placed him in the shallow bath.
“Look I don’t know what your game is but I don’t want you fucking touching me, you got that”
“Well you’re in the bath and you need to be washed so we have to touch you don’t we”
“If you touch me I am gonna call my dad and he’ll come and sort you two out, you hear me bitch”
“Tell you what Bruce” Said Ann I won’t touch you if you can bath yourself how’s that?
“How the fuck can I do that when you bastards have paralysed me?
“Last warning, enough of the swearing please”
By this time the other two boys were in the bath and being washed, there was similar shouting and swearing going on as well.
I washed Bruce all over and also washed his hair.
Unlike James earlier Bruce had plenty of pubic hair.
“You’ll need to shave Bruce now Daniel”
“Shave, fucking shave what?” Asked Bruce. “You ain’t shaving nothing, get your fucking hands off you bastards”
I did as Ann asked and shaved Bruce’s pubic hair off.
I worked out why we were doing it for myself but just wish she had warned me earlier that it would need to be done.
He tried to fight us.
He swore screamed and pleaded with us to leave him alone.
By the time I had finished Bruce had quietened down a bit. The other boys in baths were also more subdued.
“I want to know why are you doing this to me please tell me.
I want you to fucking tell me right now?”
“Well Bruce your parents have asked up to help you” Replied Ann.
“In what way do my fucking parents want you to help me? I don’t need any fucking help from you bastards”
“Let’s look at that shall we. You’re constantly in trouble with the police and you have a criminal record that’s longer than my CD collection.
You beat up a year 7 girl at school because you didn’t like the way she looked at you.
You hit your mother and are constantly abusive to both your parents and your teachers at school. Do I need to go on?”
“So fucking what? They all deserved what they got didn’t they?”
“I really doubt that young man”
“You don’t fucking know me, what do you know about me fucking nuffing”
“Last warning Bruce cut the language or you’ll force me to cut it for you”
“What you gonna do wash my mouth out, like to see you try luv”
“No we don’t do that here, we have more effective methods”
“You carry on swearing and you’ll be finding out real soon”
Bruce looked at Ann and me. He must have seen something in Ann’s eyes that made him think he’d better curb the swearing.
“If you calm down I will tell you why you’re here and what’s going to be happening to you for the next six weeks” I said.
“I know what’s gonna be happening to me tomorrow mate, I’m gonna be outa here”
“Quite the opposite Bruce you’re not going anywhere.
Your parents have signed you over to us for our education programme
And you’re here to stay. Said Ann
“We’ll see luv, we’ll see”
He was calmer but I could see he was planning and scheming. I saw it in his eyes.
“Right Bruce we’re going to get you out of the bath now, and dry you off next door. OK!”
He said nothing.
Ann lifted him under his arms and I wrapped a towel round him. We then both carried him towards the door to the changing room.
I felt a sudden pain in my shoulder. The little sod was trying to take a huge bite out of me.
“ARRRGH! YOU LITTLE” Ann saw what he was doing and grabbed his hair and pulled him off me.
We continued to carry him through to the nursery with Ann still having hold of his hair and him trying to bite me again.
Once we passed through the door Bruce saw the layout and contents of the second changing room.
“What the fuck is going on here?
Your taking the fucking piss now.
Get the fuck off me” Were some of the comments traded from his foul mouth.
We carried him over to a changing table and laid him down on the changing pad.
“Let me have a look Daniel”
Ann pulled down my t-shirt from the neck to look at the bite.
“You’re OK he’s not broken the skin, but you’ll have a whacking great bruise there later tonight”
“I’ll live” I replied
Bruce was still screaming and shouting while Ann was checking my shoulder.
“Do you fucking think, you gonna put them on me, you pratt, never”
“Well Bruce you have given me no choice my lad.
I warned you and you have persisted in swearing and have now bitten someone”
Ann walked over to a drawer on one of the wall cupboards and took out what appeared to be a huge dummy on a leather strap with a short rubber tube and inflator bulb attached.
Bruce saw what was coming.
“You’ll never get that in my fucking mouth I can assure you of that” He screamed.
And with that he grit his teeth and clamped his jaw tight shut.
Ann handed me the gag.
"When I open his mouth you push the gag in Daniel”
She placed one hand on Bruce’s forehead and with the other he placed on his jaw, she put her fingers on either side of his cheeks at the back of his jaw and pressed hard between his top and bottom teeth with the tips of her fingers.
Bruce resisted for about 10 seconds, then his jaw pooped open and Ann was now forcing the skin of his cheeks between his teeth and forcing his jaw to open even further.
I saw my opportunity and shoved the gag in the gap Ann had created.
She released her grip once the gag was in place then grabbed the leather strap and quickly secured it behind Bruce’s head.
Bruce started screaming through the gag. But his words were illegible but still loud.
Ann started to gently squeeze the bulb and the dummy in Bruce’s mouth
Eventually all that could be heard were a few muffled screams.
“Now If you start to behave yourself Bruce I will remove the gag. If not then it will stay in all night if necessary. Do you understand?”
Bruce had a look of abject horror in his eyes. He was still trying to scream out and his eyes were screaming as well.
“DO YOU UNDERSTAND BRUCE?”
Ann was very firm now. She was showing Bruce that she was boss and what she said goes.
He quietened looked at Ann and nodded his head.
“When I think your calmer I will think about taking the gag out ok?”
Bruce nodded again. He had a defeated look in his eyes now, less aggressive.
He’s realized very quickly, as had I that lack of movement and having something shoved in your mouth are a very persuasive method of control.
Ann again explained to Bruce why she had done what he had done, then she turned to me.
“We need to constantly observe all kids that are restrained and or gagged Daniel.
We need to check that their not choking or having breathing difficulties.
If we get Bruce ready and he behaves then we can think about removing his gag. But he will need to apologise to you for biting you as well, won’t you Bruce”
Ann looked at a now defeated Bruce as she spoke and Bruce nodded.
I dried Bruce’s front then we turned him over and I did his back, Ann dried his hair.
Once I had finished drying Ann grabbed a bottle of baby powder and puffed a good amount on Bruce’s back and patted it in.
We turned him back over and did the same for this front.
“If I take your gag out will you promise to behave?”
He nodded yes so she deflated the gag and undid the leather strap and took the gag out.
“Now what do you have to say to Daniel?”
“I’m sorry” He blurted out in a not very convincing apology.
“Please don’t put a nappy on me. I’ll be good I won’t swear or bite anymore. Please! I promise I really do”
He was pleading with us both. I felt sorry for him, here he was a kid presented with an unknown fate helpless to resist not knowing what his fate was or who we were.
“If you stay calm I will explain why you’re here and what’s going to happen to you.
IF you do not, and start playing us up again then I will re-gag you, do I make myself clear Bruce?”
“Yes” He replied in a now worried voice.
“Ok then as Daniel and I dress you I will explain”
Ann explained to Bruce why his parents had sent him, how his parents had signed a consent form and what was expected of him while he was here.
While Ann was talking to him we nappied him and put him in his sleeper.
I think that at that very moment the realisation that his parents had consented to his treatment dawned on him and he started to cry.
I felt that he was crying for many reasons though, mainly because he was being nappied, but I think he also couldn’t believe his parents had seen it necessary to send him here so he felt let down by his parents and he was ashamed of his predicament.
“They wouldn’t do it, I know they wouldn’t do it, I don’t believe you, your lying”
“Your parents love you Bruce. I know that because they have been brave enough to send you to us so we can help you.
You will know that because you will learn of the sacrifice they will have made for you, when you return home.
Just work hard and everything will work out you’ll see.
I’m going to ask Daniel to put you to bed now will you behave or do we both need to do it?
“I’ll, I’ll behave” He sobbed.
I picked him up and carried him on my hip like a mother would carry any child on her hip. He wasn’t that big that I couldn’t cope.
He was still sobbing as we walked through the nursery door.
But he saw the cots and started floods of tears again.
“I don’t want to be treated as a baby please don’t do this’ I’ll go home and sort myself out I promise, I really will”
“You have to finish what we have started Bruce sorry but you don’t have a choice.
It’ll be ok, be brave and behave and everything will work out fine”
I laid him in his cot and pulled up the blanket and tucked him in.
“How long do I have to stay in here for?”
“Well the drug you have been given will start to wear off in the morning, you should be starting to be able to walk on your own by about lunch time”
Would you like me to give you a dummy to suck on?”
“Not on your fucking life. Sorry I didn’t mean to swear, I don’t want that gag thing again, please don’t make me wear it”
“I won’t this time but you must try to curb your language Bruce otherwise you may get the gag again”
“Sorry I will be good, Promise. I’m sorry I bit you”
Kim and Jenny came in carrying the other two boys.
They had calmed down by now as well and were heading to their cots.
“While we’re getting everyone else ready for bed we will be in and out quite a bit so if you need anything just call and I’ll see what I can do ok?”
“Please can I not wear this nappy, I won’t be any trouble, I won’t really I won’t”
“You have to stay here sorry Bruce, it’s for your own good. I’ll check on you soon”
I raised the bars on the cot and locked them into place.
He looked so sweet lying there but he was so sad and I hated to see that.
I walked back into to see Ann and Tony cleaning up.
“You did great there Daniel you coped really well” Tony then noticed what must have been my long sad face.
“You ok mate?” He asked.
“No not really, no! I feel so sorry for him, for all of them.
It hurts to see them so scared and sad. I’m having trouble coping with it”
“Look the first one is always the hardest” Said Ann
“It will get better I can assure you. By the time your through tonight things start to get better and as we said earlier when the kids see what we’re trying to do for them it then gets so rewarding, you’ll see”
“I know, it’s just trying to get through tonight I suppose”
“Shall we get ready for the next three then?”
Kim and Jenny came back in from the nursery.
“Everything OK you two?” Asked Tony again
“I lowered the lights in there” Said Kim.
“Ok” Said Tony.
Jenny looked a little how I felt and I think Tony saw it as well.
“Come here love” He walked over to her and gave her a long hug.
“I know it’s hard, but as I just said to Daniel it will get easier. You’ll see”
“I just hate seeing them so scared, I don’t think I can do this Tony”
“Look your next kid will be much easier She’s one of yours. It’s Sarah.
Just hang on in there, ok?”
“OK” Jenny replied.
“Right let’s get ready then.
In the laundry basket you’ll find a bags with the children’s names on them.
All dirty clothes into the bags please.
But first make sure that you check and empty any pockets before you put the clothes in.
If you find anything we will need to keep it separate from the laundry stuff.
Anything you find will need to go into an envelope with the child’s name on which can also be found in the baskets.
Wipe all the tables down then were ready for the next lot”
We cleaned everything and put all the kids clothes into the bags marked with their names then put them into the laundry basket, the only one thing found in a pocket was some chewing gum and for some reason a sandwich from the feast, both of which was disposed of in the bin.
Kim went to run three more baths.
“If we’re ready Jenny can you get the next three in please.
We need Gillian, Abigail and Sarah.
Daniel your with Jenny for this one ok. Right let’s go then”
In came the three girls.
Jenny called Sarah over to our table and she came up to us bouncing, like a two year old.
“Your happy Sarah” I said.
“I’m always happy when I come here” she said.
“You like it that much” Asked Jenny
“I sure do”
“Right let’s get you started then. Take off your top and you bra if you’re wearing one”
I helped Jenny with Sarah and followed her lead.
She was a returning camper so she knew what was going on and was just really happy.
She didn’t need an injection because she wouldn’t struggle so getting her ready was a doddle.
Jenny took her temperature and blood pressure.
As she would have done normally to make it look good for the other girls.
Jenny got Sarah to take her jeans off and she was wearing a Pull-ups nappy.
The other girls saw and started to tease her and call her nasty names.
But Sarah didn’t cry, she didn’t comment, she just sat on the table and smiled at them, knowing full well what was coming for them and enjoying the moment.
The other girls had their injections and asked why Sarah wasn’t having one.
Little did they know the real reason, but they would know very soon.
The other girls both lost movement, has had the boys previously. There was some screaming and swearing as there had been with the boys, but as before things soon settled down.
Jenny and I took Sarah through for a bath. She walked through herself and pulled off the pull-up herself and got in.
I noticed straight away that like James earlier she didn’t have any pubic hair either.
Jenny bathed her, washed her hair and let her play with some bath toys for a while.
The other girls were, as were the boys before pleading not to be treated this way, with about the same amount of swearing and threats.
Neither of the girls got to the point of needing a gag though and Tony and co managed to keep the situation well under control.
Sarah stood up in the bath and Jenny wrapped a towel around her body and one round her hair.
“Would you like me to carry you through?” Asked Jenny.
“Ohhh! Yes please” Came the happy reply.
Jenny picked Sarah up, as I had done with Bruce, hip style, and carried her through to the changing room, laid her down and we dried her.
I dried her hair and Jenny her body.
The two other girls were brought through, and, as with the boys there was a disbelief and aggressive reaction to what they saw and were expecting to happen to them. But the guys coped expertly with the problem, which was down mainly to the years of experience they had working at the school.
Jenny and I continued to nappy and dress Sarah. She was contented and when she asked Jenny for a dummy, I was astounded that she would ask for one rather than be asked first.
We finished dressing Sarah and Jenny brushed her hair for her while I did up the buttons on her pink sleeper.
She then hopped off the changing table and waddled through to the nursery.
She had to waddle because her nappy was so thick between her legs.
But I could see that she was more than used to walking that way.
I learned from her file later that evening that she wore most nights at home because she liked wearing nappies and her parents were ok with it.
Jenny tucked Sarah in and offered her a night-time bottle of milk, which she took with no question and sucked away as I raised the bars to her cot.
The room was darker than when we were last in here because Kim had dimmed the lights slightly.
I went over to Bruce’s cot to check on him.
“Still awake then”
“Can’t sleep. Don’t want to sleep anyway. Not in here not like this”
“You’ll need to get used to it,” I said. “I can give you something to help if you want”
He shook his head and turned it away.
“Just leave me alone”
I stood looking at him for a while. He was holding back the tears I could see it in face. He was trying to hide it but it was there to see.
Sarah was in her cot sucking away looking over towards Bruce’s cot and smiling at him with the bottle quickly emptying.
“What you got to be so fucking happy about?”
She turned her head and looked away, but didn’t miss a suck on that teat.
The other girls were brought through and laid in their cots.
Their swearing and screaming had now stopped and they were sobbing themselves.
We all left the nursery and made our way back through to the changing room.
“Well done again everyone, no major problems this time. How was that one Jenny easier?
“Yes perfect, I wish they could all be like that” She replied
“Give it time they will all get easier as the kids become accustomed to their new surroundings and lifestyles.
Better for you Daniel?”
“Well you have another easy one next. James is with you and Ann”
Just as he said that an alarm bell sounded, just like the one I had set off earlier upstairs.
“Everyone stay here and don’t move” And with that he was off running toward the playroom door.
We watched as he clicked open the door and burst through.
Once inside he gave us the thumbs up through the open doorway after a few seconds indicating all was well.
“Someone playing with the doors happens every year without fail”. Said Ann.
We made our way back through to the changing room. Closing the doors behind us as a matter of routine now.
After a dressing down of the culprits in the playroom Tony came through with Simon, James and Steven.
James came over to our table and jumped on without any prompting.
He took off his shirt and held his arm up for the blood pressure check.
“Your keen” I said.
“You bet” He smiled back.
Ann took his blood pressure and I did his temperature.
Which of course were fine.
He then jumped off the table and took his jeans off.
Simon, who was being prepared by Tony, shouted over to James when he saw his nappy but James just looked over in his direction and stared at him.
His face was a picture, He had a look of your gonna get yours mate.
And real soon.
He knew that I knew exactly where he was coming from and then turned to me and smiled a huge grin.
He didn’t need to say a word and I returned the knowing smile and winked.
“So what are you looking forward to this summer then James?”
“I have been told that there is a really good music teacher here this summer so I can practice with him. I really want to make some new friends and can’t wait to get out on the lake again”
“Well you in luck, I’m not an actual music teacher but I am good on the piano, but nowhere near your standard though. So we can duet if you like.
I’m more of a strings man really, guitar mainly”
“Great I can’t wait”
As we spoke there were raised voices from the other two boys in the room, because by now the muscle relaxant had taken effect and they were unable to move.
James looked over to Simon lying on his table frantic because he was helpless. And he had a look of satisfaction on his face.
He knew what it was like and he knew what Simon was now going through.
He knew, because last year it was him that was lying there helpless.
I un-tapped his nappy, rolled it up and threw it in the bucket under the table.
“Want a bath then”
And with that he jumped off the changing table and led the way to the bathroom totally naked with Ann and I walking behind.
Tony and the others were still trying to get Simon and Steven to calm down so I left them to it and Ann and I went through with James.
He loved his bath.
He even asked for some bath toys and played while Ann and I bathed him.
The other boys were carried through and put into their baths.
There was a great deal of swearing and shouting going on but the boys were bathed without much incident.
“You ready to come out yet James?”
“Can I have just a little longer? Please!”
“One more minute then, then it’s out you get”.
“I think you can manage James on your own can’t you?” Said Ann.
“Sure I think we’re ok don’t you James”
“We sure are Daniel”
“I’m going to get next door ready then” and with that Ann went back through to changing room one leaving me with James.
“Right time to get out, up you get”
He stood up and I wrapped a towel around him.
We both stood and watched as the toys swirled around as the water drained through the plughole.
The little yellow duck was chasing the bigger yellow duck and the little red boat was chasing both of them toward the whirlpool, heading, according to James, for oblivion and a watery end.
James smiled as we watched.
I was watching him he was as happy as I had ever seen a child be.
And he was just watching toys spinning around in a bath.
I suppose he was just happy to have the pressures lifted off him.
No responsibilities, no worries. Just as it should be for a kid of just 12.
“Want a carry?”
“Yes please” And with that he virtually jumped on to my hip.
I carried him through and set him down on the changing table.
We talked as I dried him. I found out about his parents. About his visits to different parts of the world playing in concerts and about his likes and desires.
The other boys followed us through after a short while. They were still swearing and cussing, but a lot less than before.
“Where are you from Daniel?” Asked James.
“I normally live and work in London” I replied
“I love London, it’s my favourite place, there’s so much to see and look at”
He told me about the concerts he’d done in London even The Royal Albert Hall.
I told him about meeting the Queen and going to her garden party as I powdered him.
He was transfixed, everything I said got a reaction and he wouldn’t take his eyes off me as I spoke to him.
“Would you like a dummy?”
“Ooooh! Please that would be great”
I opened the drawer and took out a new clean dummy.
He opened wide and started sucking straight away.
I folded a terry nappy with the boy fold and placed it under his bum, then used the Balmex in his nappy area before pinning the nappy on snugly after the second attempt.
“How’s that snug enough”
“You bet, snug as a bug in a nappy” He laughed.
I pulled out a pair of plastic pants and he raised his legs to help me get them on, I pulled them up over the nappy making sure that everything was well tucked in,
“How’s that then comphy?
He took out the dummy. “Just right” He smiled at me with the biggest smile I’d seen today so far from anyone.
I took the blue sleeper out of the wardrobe he sat up without being asked and I put it on over his head.
He guided his own arms through the sleeves and laid back down lifting his bum so I could pull it down over his nappy.
I guided his feet into the feet of the sleeper and started to do up the buttons.
“I can see that you’re a happy chappie. You really enjoy this don’t you James”
He took out his dummy again.
“You can’t really know how much”
“Well tell me then”
“Well, It’s, it’s like. Look ask me tomorrow and I’ll tell you then, promise”
“Ok in your own time no rush”
I smiled and he grinned another of his happy face looks”
Without saying anything he popped his dummy back in, sat up and held out his arms.
I picked him up and carried him through to the nursery, again hip style.
He gave me a huge hug.
“What was that for?
“Muffing” He said through the dummy.
He did it again and rested his head on my shoulder as I carried him to his cot.
I laid him down and he scooted under the blankets.
“Want a bottle?”
“Gweat” He said through the dummy
I went to the fridge. “Warm or cold?” I asked.
He took the dummy out this time “Always warm” He said very matter of factly.
I put the bottle in the rapid bottle warmer on the fridge and set the temperature.
Within a minute the bottle was just right.
I took it over and gave it to James and he started sucking immediately.
I raised the bars on his cot and locked them into place.
James waved as I turned he smiled through the teat of the bottle.
As I was walking out Tony came through with Simon on his hip, he too had his head on Tony’s shoulder as James had done on mine.
I smiled at Tony and he returned the smile with a quick wink.
Jenny and Ann were close behind with Steven.
He wasn’t as relaxed as Simon but he was at least quiet now.
I went through back to the changing room and started to clean up ready for the last three girls.
Ann came in and was followed closely by Tony.
He closed the door behind him.
“That was a real pleasure for me” I replied.
Jenny came in. from the bathroom
“You were right Tony, it does get easier”
“Nine down three to go. Daniel, Jenny I’d like you both to take the lead with your next kids. Let’s get ready”
We finished off cleaning up and preparing the changing rooms.
Everyone now happier, everyone now with a sense of achievement, even the experienced people in our company were glowing with success.
“Right we ready team?”
Tony went through to the playroom and brought through the last of the girls.
He directed them over to our respective tables where Kim and I were waiting for Samantha.
“Hi Samantha I’m Daniel and this is Kim, Jump up here for me please”
“Oh god, Please don’t call me Samantha, only my dad calls me that and only when he’s mad at me. Everyone calls me Sam”
“Sorry Samantha. We have to use your given name here, it’s a camp rule”
“Oh. Ok then, it’ll be funny being called Samantha again though”
“You having fun so far?” Said Kim.
“You bet, that food was just about the best I have ever, ever had”
“Take off your top and bra for us please” Said Kim.
“WHAT! In here in front of him your kiddin luv”
“No I’m not, I’m being serious. Besides Daniel has seen it all before anyway.
We heed to give you a quick health check, it’s standard practice for all new campers, and once we’ve done that we need to give you a small injection”
“Well he might have seen it all before but he ain’t seein mine luv, and I’m not avin any injection, I don’t need one”
“Well Samantha, you have two choices here,” I said.
“ One, You have the health check and injection or Two you don’t have either and never do the water activities, like Swimming Sailing and Canoeing, your choice.
Because without it you can’t do any of the water activities while you are here”
“Why an injection though what’s that for?”
“There are some nasty bugs in the water in the lake and we need to make sure you don’t get ill, which is why you need it. But before you have the injection we need to check you over and check your temperature and blood pressure”
“So what’s going to be then Samantha, the balls in your court” said Kim
Kim looked at me, and I at her. I was just thinking, what the hell do we do if she says no thanks?
When she said “Gawaan then do your worst” I was a little relieved
Phew! That was easy I thought to myself.
Samantha reluctantly took of her top and bra, she had a remarkably well-formed pair of breasts for her age, but then again she looked much older than her tender years.
She looked at my eyes as she undressed, never taking her eyes off mine.
“Catchin a good eyeful then Daniel, got what you wanted?” I recon you’re a fuckin perv mate”
I ignored her and wrapped the blood pressure cuff round her arm while Kim took her temperature.
The other girls were by this time also bear chested and having the same treatment.
“That’s fine, thank you Samantha. If you can drop your jeans and lay face down on the table now please so we can do your injection”
“You really are getting your money’s worth ain’t you mate, next you’ll be wanting to see me fanny”
She took off her jeans and climbed back on the table face down as I had asked.
Apart from her comments to the contrary it was obvious she wasn’t too worried about anyone seeing her body.
She had some puppy fat, which is usual for a girl of her age but apart from that you couldn’t really tell that she was only 12.
One of the reasons she was sexually active I suppose.
Kim grabbed a syringe and jabbed the needle in. She didn’t need to pull anything down to get a clear shot because Samantha wasn’t actually wearing a lot anyway.
“Ouch that fucking hurt. Be careful”. Samantha rubbed her cheek where Kim had just jabbed.
“Sorry sweetie.Just lay there and relax for a bit for me”.
“So what are you looking forward to doing while you’re here then Samantha?” I asked.
“Are you sure you can’t call me Sam, Samantha’s so back in the day”
“Nope sorry can’t do it” I replied.
“What’s wrong sweetie?” asked Kim
“I can’t move my legs, what the fuck have you done to me?”
“Don’t panic it’s just an affect of the injection it’ll wear off”
“But I can’t move my. Wooooah! Now my arms have gone dead. You’ve done something to me you bitch I can’t move, you’ve paralysed me with that jab.
Ooohhh! I feel all funny now”
“Calm down and the feeling will pass shortly, you’ve just had a rush of blood to the head that has made you a bit dizzy Samantha”
“Some of the children have a dizzy reaction Daniel, not all, it will pass soon she just needs a few minutes for the effect to pass”
“What causes it then?” I asked Kim.
Some of the girls who have been taking some sorts of birth control pill have a slight reaction, nothing serious.
Unless she tells our doctor at her pre acceptance examination that she’s on the pill we have no idea.
“At least it confirms one thing doesn’t it Samantha?”
“And what the fuck is that then luv?”
“It confirms that you’re on the pill and more than likely having sexual intercourse with someone”
“So what if it does, nothing to fucking do with you is it cow!”
I butted in. “Well it’s one of the reasons your actually here Samantha, you dad has sent you to us to help you sort yourself out”
“What has my dad got to do with it, he knows fuck all about me, he hasn’t wanted to know since mum died”
“Actually Samantha he has had his suspicions about your having sex and is very concerned for you” I added.
“My dad’s a total tosser and has been for years. Sam don’t do this, Sam don’t do that, what does he think he fucking knows about me, fucking nothing that’s what, fucking nothing”
“He knows that he loves you, and he knows that you just hurting yourself by doing what you doing” I said.
He has sent you here to Happy Summers to be part of the programme we run here for children like you.
Kids that are always in trouble for one thing or another, doing drugs, having sex, drinking”
“So what if I’m having sex, what the fuck has it got to do with him or you!”
Kim responded. “Well for a start young lady, you’re underage which I am sure you are aware.
And should the police wish to they could and should arrest the boy or boys your having sex with”
“They’d be lucky I don’t even know who they fucking are”
“So it’s more than one boy then?” Asked Kim.
“Who the fuck are you to be questioning me what boys I have had.
Don’t suppose you had any dick yourself for years by the look of you luv, so don’t start on me.
Now how long before this drug thing wear off. I want to get up”
“It won’t wear off till the morning” I replied.
“You’re fucking kidding me, so you expect me to lay here all fucking night then?”
“Well no, not really. Kim and I are going to carry you through to the bathroom and give you a bath now”.
“Your what! Carry me what! You can just fuck right off if you think I’m having a bath like this. Is this some sort of loony bin?
Oi get your cuntin hands off me you tossers”
Kim and I sat Samantha up and between us one on each side carried her through to the bathroom.
“I ain’t havin a fucking bath, no way”.
Kim slid her thong down and together we lifter up and sat her in the bath.
“I am gonna fucking kill the two of you in the morning, trust me your gonna get such a smack from me your gonna be seeing stars”
“You want to shave her or do you want me to Daniel”
“Shave what? You’re not shaving nuffin luv”
“I’ll do it” I replied and grabbed the gel and razor.
“I fucking knew it your some sort of fucking perv.
Don’t you dare touch me”
I squirted some gel on my fingers and rubbed it in and around her pubic area, she actually had a fair amount, more that I would have expect for her age.
“Please don’t, I don’t want to be shaved, please”
I picked up the razor and made the first pass.
“Look please don’t I won’t kill you after all, but please stop”
I continued on.
“Look will you fucking just stop and leave me alone, I’m gonna get the cops on you two first thing once I get my movement back, I’m gonna be on the phone and reporting the pair of you”
“Is this that same police” I replied. “That have arrested you for various things recently.
Maybe it was the shoplifting or maybe it was the mugging the old lady.
Or maybe you could ring social services, who would love to take you from your dad and put you into care.
I can call either or both of them for you in the morning if you would like me to”
She looked at me as if to say how do you know so much about me?
“Look Samantha your dad sent you here, social services know you’re here, and everyone knows what goes on here so you can complain all you like nothing will change, you’re here to stay for a full 6 weeks.
Just think of it as an opportunity to better yourself, and have some fun at the same time”
“I don’t what to have fun and if this is your idea of fun then you got some fucking weird ideas mate”
I finished shaving her and washed her off.
I held her while Kim washed her hair and wrapped a towel round her head when she had done.
“Right then time to get out. Ready?”
“NO!” She answered sarcastically.
“Oh well we are” Said Kim and with that we lifted her and wrapped a towel round her, then picked her up and carried her through to the changing room.
“What the fuck is this? Your avin a real fucking laugh now people.
Do you seriously think that I would in any way let you do what you think your gonna do with them things there.
“How are you going to stop us young lady? Punch and kick us? I can’t see you doing much of that at the moment can you? And I’ll ask you to curb your language please, we don’t and won’t put up with it”
“Look I don’t know what you game is and I seriously don’t want to either.
But I ain’t havin no nappy put on me no way, never”
“Sam, I’ll call you that once and only once” Said Kim. ”Just so you know I’m being deadly serious understand?”
“Whatever!” She replied.
“I don’t actually like you as you as the person you are at this moment.
I don’t like people who beat up or bully other people who can’t for whatever reason defend themselves.
To me you’re the scum of the earth.
If I was in charge kids like you should still be transported to an island like they did to convicts 200 odd years ago and left to rot.
But every adult here is here to help children like you who for whatever reason think your better than the rest of society.
Every child here is going to be treated in exactly the same was as you are going to be, and there are no exceptions.
I don’t care at the moment what you want or how you feel you’re here to let us help you become a better person.
You might not want to be at the moment but in time you may see the harm you’re doing yourself and others, and your father in particular.
You can make it easy or you can make it hard the choice is entirely yours.
It will be a challenge for both you and me but I hope in time we can become friends and I hope you work at becoming a better person.
But for now you have no choice in what happens to you so relax and let us do what we have to do and when we have finished getting you ready you can lie in your cot”
“Cot! What the fuck do you mean COT?”
“I mean cot. IE the place you will be sleeping for the next six weeks.
Once you’re in your cot you can scream your head off and swear as much as you like but I don’t advise it.
But be assured it’s going to happen like it or not”
She looked at both Kim and I and all of a sudden it must have dawned on her the seriousness of her situation.
She was helpless unable to really resist or to help herself in anyway.
Her only avenue of resistance was coming from her mouth.
She was at our mercy and nothing she could do was going to make us stop what was coming next.
She started to cry uncontrollably.
“Please don’t do this to me, I don’t want to be treated like this, I don’t deserve to be treated like this”
“Tell that to the old lady you put in to hospital three weeks ago” I said.
“But I didn’t mean to hurt her she just wouldn’t let go of her bag, I’m sorry”
“Look I’ll do a deal with you Samantha.
You behave yourself, be cool and I will help you through this and make it as easy as I can. Deal?”
I looked into her watery eyes.
Her eyes said, I hate you, and never ever will I allow you to do this to me.
“Ok deal” She said.
I knew she didn’t mean it, and I knew I had a real challenge on my hands with Sam.
Kim and I nappied and dressed her.
She didn’t say another word throughout the rest of the process.
She just kept her eyes closed, and we did what we needed to do.
“There done! You ready to go to bed?”
Sam looked at me and nodded, she had a look in her eyes more of defeat than anger now.
Kim and I lifted her up and I carried her through to her cot.
As James had done earlier she rested her head on my shoulder, but she still didn’t say a word, she just softly sobbed.
I followed Tony and Jenny through with their girls and headed for the empty cot next to where Simon was laying quietly. I laid her down then tucked her in.
“Would you like a dummy to help you sleep?”
She shook her head and just stared at the ceiling.
I lifted the bars on her cot and locked them into place.
Simon was staring over at Sam.
He had a look of real concern on his face. Then he looked directly at me and told me with his eyes that I had better not have hurt her.
I was pleased with that because it showed that he actually cared about something other than himself and there was a real hope that he wasn’t a lost cause.
I turned and headed back through to the changing room.
Where the team were tidying up.
Tony and Jenny followed me in closely behind and shut the door behind them.
“Well done team. I think that went really, really well.
Congratulations on seeing through on your first night everyone, and I’m really proud to have you all on my team in Pembroke.
Has anyone got any burning questions?”
It was a bit like being in an insurance sales team meeting but without the backslapping.
“I have a couple,” I said.
We didn’t cover the shaving or the gag procedures before we started, don’t you think some sort of warning and training may have been useful before we started tonight?”
“To be honest Daniel we have found on the job training far better that any demonstration or instruction we could give you beforehand.
I think both you and Jenny had plenty of on the job training tonight though”
He smiled a knowing smile ant Jenny and myself.
Suddenly we heard screaming and shouting coming from a speaker in the room.
“Ah! The nursery monitors are working. Jenny you want to come with me. I think this is one of yours kicking off”
“Tony and Jenny headed back through to the nursery.
I followed on behind and stood in the doorway watching through the nursery’s dim light.
Kristy, who was one of Jenny’s charges, was screaming and calling out for her mum and dad.
Tony dropped the bars on her cot and quietly spoke to the girl to try to calm her but she spat in his face and then continued screaming, he tried again talking to her and again she spat in his face.
Tony went over to a cupboard on the wall and took out a gag and with Jenny’s help they gagged Kristy.
I spotted James on his knees in his cot watching what was going on.
His face was a picture. He showed concern one moment then horror and then back to concern.
He spotted me watching him and dived back under his blankets.
Jenny raised the bars on the cot and then she and Tony made their way back out.
“As I’m on nights tonight, I’ll go back in, in an hour or so to check on her Ok Jenny”
“I found that hard to do personally Tony” Said Jenny.
Did you see the look on her face, she was petrified”
“Yes but in an hour or so she will have had time to think about everything and will have calmed down. We only use the gag here for spitters and biters and persistent bad language. It’s a precaution for the staff more than anything else, but it does get the child to rethink what’s happened and why they have been gagged.
Nine times out of ten you will only need to gag a child once while there here for the desired result”
“Yes but it must hurt”
“Not at all. Want me to show you?”
Tony went to the cupboard and removed one of the gags. He offered it to Jenny and she put it in her mouth. Tony did up the leather strap and inflated the dummy.
“Try to say something” Said Tony.
Jenny could only let out a grunt.
“Now try to bite down hard”
We could all see her straining to move her jaw but she wasn’t having any success. Tony deflated the gag and removed it.
“No not at all. A little frightening maybe, mainly because you can only breath through your nose”
“This is why it has such a calming effect, the child finds out very quickly that if they struggle against it or try to scream or shout they have difficulty in getting a breath. This is why we need to constantly check the recipient.
But always remember the gag is never left on all night.
It normally only takes a couple of hours maximum to have the desired effect. Any longer than that and the jaw begins to ache and it has the reverse effect by making the child resentful.
Anyway I think we all deserve a real pat on the back for tonight’s work so let’s get cleaned away and we can go prepare downstairs for tomorrow.
“Why what have we got to do for tomorrow?” I asked.
“You’ll see Ann will show you because I need to stay up here”.
We all cleaned up and packed away the dirty nappies from the kids that had been already wearing them, and threw the kids street clothes after again checking the pockets into the laundry basket along with the used towels.
When everything was spotless we wheeled the basket down to the lift.
Everything was quiet not a sound could be heard except the occasional squeak of the wheels on the laundry basket.
We called the lift, and the doors opened instantly, the five of us piled in and went down.
I pushed the basket to the laundry door then down the short corridor towards the laundry room. I could hear voices coming from ahead of me and recognised at least one of them.
Jane and the team from Arundel were already sorting out the washing in their basket and loading one of the 10 large industrial washing machines with their dirty towels.
The room was large with 4 driers as well as the washing machines and there was a smaller room off to the side that I noticed had 2 large ceramic sluice sinks with mixer taps above.
The room was cool despite the warm evening, which had much to do with the white tiled walls and stone floor.
“Hi there you lot. Everything go ok? No major problems I hope” Said Jane.
“We had a couple of gaggers, but apart from that no major problems” Replied Ann.
“How did you two get on then?” Referring to Jenny and myself.
“A little hard at first” I replied. “But it got easier as we went on”
“Same here” said Jenny. I found it hard to look at their sad faces”
“Ah yes but you also had some happy one as well though didn’t you.
And I bet as the week goes on you’ll find the smiles will increase”
“I hope so” Replied Jenny. “I really do hope so”
In the corner of the room were stacked all the bags with the cases the kids had brought to camp, filled with all the shorts and t-shirts and other clothes the kids thought they would be using while here.
“I see the cases are kept here then Jane”
“We keep them here because we wash and sort the clothes for each kid before they go home”. She replied.
We all sorted the laundry the towels all went into one machine and each Nursery had their own machine for the clothes. Each bag that had the kid’s clothes in was itself washable so all the bags were just loaded straight into the machine then they were started.
We all wheeled the laundry baskets back up the corridor and back through to the main building.
Jane pushed an extra small one along with us.
The Andover team were just about to make their way down the corridor when they spotted us coming up and waited at the top.
“You lot all done,” asked Suzie. “That was quick work.
No major problems I take it then”
“Yes all done” we nearly all replied in unison.
We all filed past and nodded and smiled at each other, I couldn’t see any long faces so I suppose everything was running smoothly with their nursery.
“Right leave the large baskets here and follow me” Said Jane”
We left the two baskets in the main corridor and headed for the dining room.
The kitchen ladies had cleared the room away and just the tables and benches were still in place.
The room divider had been opened up and the room was now its normal full size.
In the area that had been closed off by the divider there were a series of different sized high chairs to suit the size of the kids in each nursery age group.
They were all wooden and made to an old fashioned traditional design.
“Right then let’s get these set up for the morning shall we” Said Jane.
You boys get the tables and benches moved and us girls will sort out the high chairs”
I teamed up with Lawrence from Arundel and we repositioned the tables into 4 lines down each side or the room then we positioned the benches in the same direction along Side each table.
The girls set out the high chairs along the wall next to the tables, there were 4 high chairs for each table.
The smallest chairs to the right hand tables and the biggest to the left.
When we had done it reminded me of the three bear’s story.
The three different sized chairs for the daddy bear mummy bear and baby bear that Goldilocks had sat on.
I asked Jane why their weren’t highchairs for everyone.
“We only use these for kids on punishment. It makes them stand out from the rest like the short punishment dress does it adds to the result were trying to achieve”
“What humiliation” I asked.
“Not humiliation no, that’s not it. Although the kids on punishment may feel some extra humiliation that’s not its intended purpose, it’s more of a deterrent
to curb and discourage bad behaviour from other children.
Look at it this way, years ago kids at school were punished at with the cane, not all kids mind you, because not all kids were misbehaved, but nine times out of ten it was always the same kids getting whacked, because it was always the small few that constantly played up, other kids saw what was meated out and behaved because they didn’t fancy getting caned in front of the school.
To start with all the kids feel humiliated to be wearing nappies and have some stranger they don’t know change them, but that dread factor is increased then they see someone being more humiliated than they are.
The highchair raises the punished child high for everyone to see and adds to that dread factor, while everyone else is sitting on a normal bench eating fairly normally, the punished ones wear bibs and have to eat with their fingers and drink from a sippy cup. And we have found it has the desired effect”
“Do you know what” I replied.
“I remember a kid from my early schooldays his name was Ian he was always getting the cane.
He thought it was a badge of honour, the rest of us thought he was an idiot”
“There we go, see it does work, we don’t and never would use the cane or any other method that involved striking a child here, besides corporal punishment was band in UK schools in 86.
Our method has the same overall effect though”
I chatted to Lawrence as we worked, asking him how he had found it, and if anything had happened.
And it turned out that as the younger kids smaller they were easier to handle, but every single one had cried or bawled like a baby and Lawrence was really having a hard time dealing with that aspect of working in Arundel.
We just finished in the dining room just as the Andover team came in to help.
“You lot are too slow, were all done here” Joked Ann.
“Right everyone follow me” said Ann
“One more job to do down here then we can have a drink and a chat upstairs”
We walked out of the dining room collected the smaller laundry baskets from outside the laundry room door and headed to the other side of the building and the boot room.
“Right guy’s we need to make sure all the kids shoes are clean, if not then we need to wash and dry them.
Then you need to check coat pockets like we did upstairs for any contraband or items you feel shouldn’t be there.
If you find anything then you will need to put the items into an envelope with the child’s name on it which you will find in the hanging bags.
Once you’re done, everything except the envelopes goes into the kit bag hanging on the pegs, write the child’s name on the bag then into the basket it goes.
We will need to get the envelopes up to Mr Thompson in the monitoring room for cataloguing and if necessary disposal.
One bag at a time and please don’t mix any ones belongings up.
Here you’ll need these”
Ann handed out a permanent marker to each of us and we all picked a hook took the bag off and started sorting through the baskets below.
I picked a hook with the name George G written above, pulled out the basket and took out his coat.
He must have been one of the older boys because his coat was quite large, inside I found a mixture of sweets, small change, a flick knife, a lighter and cigarettes, a packet of condoms, a hair comb and most worryingly a small bag of white powder.
I called Ann over.
“Do you think this is what I think it is” I asked her.
“More than likely” She replied.
“Not the largest I’ve ever seen here and not the smallest either.
Just pop it in the envelope with everything else”
The job only took us about 20 minutes or so to finish, because most of the shoes and trainers were clean.
It was easy to tell who’d been near the lake though because those shoes were caked in mud.
Most of us found things in coats that defiantly shouldn’t have been there and certainly wouldn’t be handed back at the end of camp.
We filled the baskets with the bags and Ann took the envelopes and pens.
I pushed one of the baskets this time and we made our way back down the corridor, toward the main hall again.
This time though we were closing doors behind us as we went.
We wheeled the baskets toward the laundry and one person from each nursery was lumbered with the job of taking the larger baskets back to the relevant nursery while we went back down to the laundry to deposit the contents of the smaller baskets.
“We need to pop the bags round here guy’s” Said Ann.
And she indicated to a series of hooks behind the wall where the suit cases were.
Once they were all hug up, back up the corridor we went toward the main corridor.
Ann knocked on the security door and Mr Thompson took the envelopes, with a “thanks” to Ann.
The rest of us made our way up the main staircase for that well-earned tea or coffee.
The Windsor team were just heading toward the lift as we reached the top of the stairs.
“Had a few problems tonight Frank? Asked Jane.
“You could say that he replied but no more than any other year though. You all done downstairs?”
“Yes everything’s done, your lot’s shoes and coats have been sorted and are already hanging in the laundry” She replied.
“Super, thanks you lot. We’ll get this laundry on then join you upstairs”
They all piled into the lift with the basket and made their way down.
The rest of us went in the opposite direction and headed up the stairs to the staff room in the loft.
We all took a seat once inside and a couple of people took orders for drinks and made them.
Everyone chatted about each other’s experiences from the evenings work and general chit chat like what their normal day jobs were before Happy Summers.
Mrs Thompson came in closely followed by the Windsor team.
She chatted one by one with everyone around the room and after a while she called for everyone’s attention.
“I know from speaking too many of you tonight that you all have had not only mixed feelings but also varying degrees of satisfaction.
I would just like to thank each and every one of you here tonight for the patience and understanding you have shown towards the children on what for many of them has been a difficult and traumatic evening.
I said it earlier and I will say it again. Things get easier day by day and for those of you that are newbie’s, you will all soon get that sense of satisfaction that everyone gets who has ever worked here receives.
It’s been a long day for everyone so get some rest and tomorrow, well tomorrow is another day and new challenges, so once again I thank you all for what you have signed up to do here”
I hadn’t realised it but it was about 10.30pm when I looked at my watch.
I supped my tea, made my excuses and left the room.
I was going to go straight to bed, but I thought I would check up on Tony, so I made my way downstairs to the night room.
Tony was reading and Elizabeth was making some drinks.
In the background I could hear faint murmuring coming from 2 speakers in the room.
“Didn’t expect to see you again tonight mate, everything ok?”
“No I’m good, I just thought I would see how you were doing before I crashed out”
“Everything’s fine down here, I’ve just done a round to check on everyone, collected all the empty bottles and most of them are asleep now as you can hear though a few are still fighting it and chatting to one another”
“How’s Kristy did she settled down?” I asked.
“Yes I took her gag out about half an hour ago she was sorry and upset but other than that no problems.
I just have to say Daniel that I think you did exceptionally well tonight.
You coped and showed compassion where it was due and Kim told me about how you dealt with Samantha, which I must say was brilliant for a first night”
“Thanks, I do try”
I let out a nervous laugh, I always feel a little strange when I’m being given a compliment.
“It’s funny really.
I enjoyed it tonight mainly because even at this stage I can see where we’re heading with these kids and for a couple of them I think were already making progress”
“Don’t be fooled by first appearances Daniel. They may seem passive but it’s because they’re unable to resist at the moment.
Come tomorrow when they start to get movement back then we may see them back to their old ways just be aware of that.
Anyway we all have another long day ahead of us tomorrow so why don’t you get off and have a rest. I’ll see you bright and early at 7 ok”
“Yep no problem, hope you have a good night you two”
I left them chatting and made my way back upstairs.
Just as I came out onto the loft landing Jane came wandering past.
“You off to bed?” I asked.
“Sure am. I need my beauty sleep”
“Not as far as I’m concerned,” I said.
“Did you leave your glasses at home then Daniel?”
“Glasses what glasses I don’t” then I realised she was joking.
“Nope my eyes are fine thanks I don’t need glasses to see the good things in life”
Jane blushed a little and went all-girlie.
“Well must dash my bed awaits”
“So does mine” I winked and gave her a big, big grin, and she blushed some more.
She hurried along to her room and I followed behind still looking at her lovely bum.
She quickly unlocked the door.
“Night” she called as she walked through the door.
“Night” I replied.
I deliberately stood at my door for a moment key in hand just waiting to see if she took another look.
Sure enough I saw Jane pop her head back round her door.
Just to look back and see if I was inside yet. I looked toward her.
“Everything ok?” she asked.
“Yes fine thanks. Night”
“Night again she replied. Then closed the door.
So she’s interested I thought to myself.
I opened my door reached for the light switch and flicked it on, I took another look to see if Jane had popped her head out again but alas no so I stepped in.
I collapsed onto my bed and just lay there.
I thought about my day.
The surprise, the highs, the lows and then my own hopes and expectations for the next six weeks.
I hadn’t actually realised it but I was utterly drained and exhausted.
I didn’t even want to get up to get into bed.
It was just then I noticed that the pile of clothes I had left on the floor wasn’t there anymore.
Where the hell have they gone I asked myself?
I got up and looked in the cupboard and draws.
I found them in the washing basket in the bathroom.
I wondered who’d cleaned up, but I was so tired I couldn’t be bothered to worry about it.
I crashed back down on to the bed, pulled the overhead light switch and the room went dark.
I kicked off my trainers, shut my eyes and drifted off.
Next Sunday were back with Simon’s morning. Stay tuned!