I miss working there and everyone I know irl has already heard just about everything and I like talking about it, so if nothing is going through anymore, perhaps a mix of wholesomeness and drama will.
One time I was helping teach a class, I think it was the Chemistry merit badge, which I had no idea what to do in. This camper comes in twenty minutes late, and you could kind of tell that it was his first time at camp. He looked very unsure of himself, and was shorter than I was, so I assumed he was pretty young. Anyways, he looks at us and goes, "Is this the Archeology class?"
The other counselor and I look at each other. There were two issues with this kid's question. One, he was on the exact opposite side of camp he was supposed to be in, and about two hours late.
So I hop off the picnic table and go over to him and ask him if he has a schedule or something like that for all his classes that he's supposed to go to. His eyes go wide and he shakes his head; it hadn't occured to him that such a thing existed. No worries, he can get one printed out at the admin office. I ask him if he knows where it is and once again he says no. He's getting a little worked up now, and I'm not about to have a first year freak out on me. So I ditch my class that I was doing just about nothing in anyways to take this kid up to the office.
On the way there, I start talking to him about stuff. Other merit badges he's taking, how he likes camp so far, all my basic talking points. I come to learn that his name is from the Narnia books, because his mom read the series while she was pregnant and really liked the name. I learned he and I both don't like really big or fast rollercoasters and we went to the same amusement park earlier in the summer. As we get to the office, he's considerably better and doesn't seem so overwhelmed.
He gets his schedule and I walk him to his next class, make him promise to keep track of his schedule, and send him on his way. For the rest of the week whenever he saw me he smiled really big and greeted me by name, and I did the same to him. At the end of the week he tracked me down at the end of the closing campfire and thanked me again.
That was two years ago. I saw him again this past year, and he recognized me immediately, which is honestly one of the best feelings in the world that I made that much of an impact on him that he knew who I was after not seeing me for over a year. He was now taller than me and told me that he makes sure the first years in his troop have their schedules and wants to be a staff member when he's old enough.
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August 2017 — March 2019
When it’s time for you to venture out, don’t let fear have you looking back at what you’re leaving behind.