As a Unit Head in Senior Camp, I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to plan Unit Nights and activities for campers between the ages of thirteen and sixteen several times. Last night, though, something happened which seemed to really bring home to me the magic of ‘Ghany which can occur when you put that extra effort in.
My fellow counselors and I decided to take the Upstarts in our Unit on a dinner hike. After collecting our food and walking the campers down to Brunswick (a nearby camp ground), we faced the task of lighting the fire to cook with. For an NCCC who never took Wild World, i.e. me, this can be difficult.
After a few futile attempts, we gathered our campers around the fire to help. As the few flames threatened to die, we decided to sing the Campfire songs to encourage them to grow. And they did. As our voices got louder and the flames grew higher, I got chills.
It is haunting moments like these that will live on in the minds of campers and counselors alike. For anyone who doubts the importance of camp traditions, or who wonders how to help create lasting memories for the young women who come to camp, I hope that this incident highlights how much happiness can stem from such a small act.
–Georgie O’Toole, Senior Camp Unit Two Head