The week past has been one of tremendous activity and achievement. The camp hummed with comings and goings – projects being completed and new challenges taken on. Older campers took over in leadership, filling the spaces that were left when the Jr. CTs headed out for their five-day canoe trip. It was great to see camper leaders and friends lead songs, fill in when a counselor was on time off and just generally help in every way. The Guide Crew waited on tables in the Dining Room and the camp prepared for the final events of the Session I while looking ahead to the arrival of Session II.
Upon the return of the CTs we learned that their trip was awesome, that an unexpected hole in a canoe was not ideal for paddling and that all problems are not really problems but are opportunities to figure solutions.
And that they did! “We had a blast and we saw a huge big antlered moose.” “When we returned we cleaned up our entire trip in half an hour!” Their leaders tell of the CT APGI program. It stands for Achieving Personal Goals Individually.
And when an individual CT stands alone before the entire camp community at Logs and reads her own personal “Belief Statement” – we are awed. Sunday evening Sydney S. read her statement: “I believe in seeing beauty in all things….What truly opened my eyes to a deeper beauty was my AMT XXXIII trip last summer. We would hike in our straight line, talking, singing or telling riddles. But we would [also] have our days where we would be silent for miles. It was truly beautiful to loose consciousness with your eyes still open. You’re in a group of people, yet you’re completely alone in your own mind… Every time we climbed, every time we peaked, yes the view was gorgeous, but the beauty was in the fact that we had ascended that mountain together. The beauty was in what we accomplished every day and in every mile that we trekked. The beauty was what we were and are capable of… Beauty is buried in a smile, a hug and eye contact….in emotions, second chances and butterflies in your stomach… Every person is a snowflake: never like another…This I believe.”
As the Session II campers arrived on Sunday afternoon, there was high excitement. And when the entire camper group was singing with Mrs. M before dinner – we knew that the 2008 camp family was now complete!
Love to you back home! Jean, Sue, Betsy