We talk a lot about making contributions around here. We encourage “adventurous journeys,” and we try to remember that an adventurous journey is not complete until you have returned home to make a contribution to your family, community, school or neighborhood. So, here are three brief scenes of contributions being made that I found encouraging today.
First, and most recently: I just saw one Bear Camper leading a pack of other Bear Campers in a foot race, during a first-night scavenger hunt. His grin was wide, and his pace was full speed, with turbo. I could tell that just a few hours into camp he was “all-in.” This was an especially beautiful site to me because we had been wondering how he was going to do this year. Last year, he backed out on the first day, so this year we all were hoping he was ready. We knew he had a contribution to make to this place – this is a strong child with a big spirit, and now, here he was leading the pack. Now, I’m wondering just where this young man might lead his fellow campers (and others) in the years to come. I can envision him here for many years.
Today one young man approached one of our female staff leaders looking for directions to cabin 32. He looked distraught, but just as she looked up, she saw Miller Cox, a longtime camper, now Service and Leadership Corps member, who is generally full of generosity and life. She said, “Miller, can you take this young man all the way to Cabin 32?” Without a hint of hesitation, Miller responded with his own uniquely exuberant enthusiasm, “Absolutely! That’s a great cabin, and I’d love to go there. Let’s go man.” The first year camper’s face lifted as he walked off with a truly life-giving young man.
Last Friday night on our break after the first session, three staff members were at Cookout in Asheville when a car flipped in an accident nearby. One is with our Camping and Climbing Crew and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Another is a lifeguard. The third is one of our photographers. Each one is a bright, intelligent, responsive member of our community. As soon they heard the accident, one went to get his first aid kit, put on his gloves, and started assessing the woman’s needs. Another took some material at hand and helped secure the woman’s injured arm until the ambulance came. The three of them stayed with the woman until the ambulance left.
I get to spend my days around people on adventurous journeys, making contributions to the people around them. It is good work.