Behind-the-Scenes: Down by the Banks

I teach the oldest group at camp (12-year-olds), which is great because they know enough English that I can whip out my US Weekly and play games like, “Who Wore It Better?” (and my spin-off, “Whose Bottom is Bigger?”, Beyonce or Kim Kardashian?) and then challenge my class to competitive dodgeball. I have no reservations about pegging a pre-teen boy and yelling, “You’re out! Yes, your shirtsleeve counts as part of your body. Get off the court.”

But outside of my group most of the kids are so young that our job is markedly similar to herding sheep — picking up stray members of the flock by their shirts and placing them back in line is commonplace.

The ONLY time I can get the 5-year-old “maternas” to sit still for minutes at a time is when we are playing “Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky”. Here is a quick rendition. My voice is similar to a boy’s during the late stages of puberty, but luckily for the youngins my self confidence is so high that I belt out tunes anyway.

Down by the Banks

Down by the Banks


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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