Touring with choirs has changed over the years as the times have changed. One of the goals of tour is to help young boys develop independence, responsibility and self reliance in addition to providing them opportunities that are both unique and fun.
With the advent of current technology we are never out of reach and yet we are frequently not in touch with the people next to us because we are lost in cyberspace: texting, facebooking, tweeting and just surfing. There is a difficult balance to be found between the ease of staying in touch and the difficulty in letting go.
Each traveling organization will have to work this balance into its psyche. A great deal of time and energy will be spent.
While tours are arranged in the best detail available before leaving we cannot predict what the road will bring and expectations can be difficult to negotiate. Will we always have internet access, will we have time when we do have access,
A director knows that parents and families are interested and thinking about their children when they are away but where is the balance supposed to be while on the road. Should the staff be focused on the children, on their safety, on their interests, on getting to know them better as people or should they be focused on how to get to the next point of contact with home so that parents concerns and fears can be alleviated. This is the new age of travel as it has changed in the past 5 years.
Touring is worth every headache and every lost hour of sleep. The joy of watching childrend develop skills they will need to negotiate life is priceless. This year’s tour has been terrific. The drive was long but easy and I never once heard, “when are we going to be there”” which is always a blessing.
The boys are having a great time and singing beautifully…really really well. The experinece in Pueblo was remarkable for them. They were an inspiration to the other children and pushed themselves to be everything we teach them to be and everything we hope they will be today and beyond.
Today will bring a boatride on the river in Pueblo and goodbyes to new friends. Happily technology will help them keep up with these new friends with common interests in music.
All too soon we will be back on that bus ride home. I am grateful for our drivers. They both have been spectacular, caring for our every need and appropriately concerned with our safety. First Class Tours are just that! I can only hope the ride home is as free from, the eternal, “are we there yet” as the ride has been thus far.