It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since visiting day. Our intermediate and sub-senior campers have returned from their trips all smiles, and they gave the trips rave reviews. Today, we welcomed rookie campers, who have expressed a sincere interest in coming to Camp Takajo next summer. The rookies will spend the weekend with us to sample some of the camp’s activities. These little boys are like “kids in a candy shop.” Their eyes are wide open with smiles beaming ear-to-ear.
I was recently talking to a parent who remarked that my blogs are always so upbeat. He questioned me about what upsets me during the summer. Clearly, many things could upset me during the summer, an unhappy child, a camper not treating another boy with kindness and compassion, or a counselor not living up to their full potential. But the thing that came to mind during this conversation is the negative impact created when campers keep cell phones hidden in camp.
Today, a thirteen-year-old boy walked into my office with tears in his eyes and turned in his phone. When I asked him why he had his phone, he had no explanation. While he was concerned that this infraction might impact our relationship, he was equally concerned that I might think less of his parents for allowing him to have his phone. Over the years, I have witnessed first-hand the great distraction a cell phone can cause during the camp season. I have witnessed very happy boys, who use their phones and learn that friends are hanging out at home, somehow making them feel like the grass is greener back home and that they are missing out. I have consoled boys who have learned of tragic news, alone in their bunk, and were blindsided and unable to cope. In speaking with this child’s father, I shared with him that I know I have the trust and confidence of this community and that parents may not see the negative impact that technology can have on their sons over the summer. However, I was asked the question and was only too willing to answer.
On a more positive note, the sun is shining, the forecast is for bright skies, and with just two weeks to go in the summer, we look forward to making the most of each day.