I must first preface all of this by saying that working my three summers at Camp Freedom in Dauphe Germany are an integral part of my life. That experience has been the main reason I encourage all the boys of Troop 5 to not only to go to summer camp, but one day be a staff member. I get a sense of peace when I step onto a scout camp. Having been camping at Worth Ranch since 1997 and having numerous boys from Little Troop 5 work camp over the years, I feel quite at home on the sacred soil in the Brazos Valley.
Summer camp staff evolves a scout in way no other scouting experience can. You are on the go for seven straight days, working and living with what will become lifelong friends. More importantly, you also learn to work with people that may not become your friends. That huge organizational skill has carried me quite well.
What is most interesting as a scoutmaster is to visit young men working their first year of camp. All four of the first year staffers, I took to summer camp as eleven year old to Worth Ranch. They have evolved from boys who could not find the pool to young men help first year campers find their way. They have caught the magic that is known as Worth Ranch Spirit. The skills and leadership they will bring back to Little Troop 5 are immeasurable.
|Luke and me|
I look forward to visiting my boys at Worth Ranch for many years to come.