This is a cross-post from a story I read on Facebook, with my ramblings attached.
Truly touching story. One of the many goals of camp staff at Cole Canoe Base and all Scout camps across the country is to make achievements like this possible for all Scouts, regardless of disabilities, age, income, or any other factors.
Every Scout deserves the equal opportunity to succeed and excel at camp. If you take a moment and read the full text of the story, you’ll see the amazing lengths to which his counselor went to enable him to succeed. The most fulfilling part of my job is seeing the light bulbs above these kids’ heads light up, to see them overcome the challenges set before them and achieve their goals.
That’s something that’s becoming harder and harder to find outside the Scouting program nowadays. These young men have many, many opportunities in their life to be given awards — they have very few chances to earn them. I recall my younger years, playing in Northwest Jackson’s pay-to-play basketball league. Sure, it was fun, but I haven’t the slightest idea what I ended up doing with all the ribbons and trophies.
However, I could whip out my merit badge sash and tell you when, where, and how I earned each and every one of my merit badges. I remember every board of review, every Scoutmaster’s conference, and every court of honor. I remember the happy tears that welled up in my eyes when I was presented the rank of Eagle Scout.
The young man in this story went to camp to have fun, to get away from his parents and siblings for a week, to experience the great outdoors. And on top of all of that, he accomplished something he’ll never forget.
That’s what camp is about.