From The Storyteller
November 20, 2017, Camp
When you work in paradise it is still work. This is a saying that must be experienced. Recently my sister sent me a group picture of my Boy Scout troop taken my first year at summer camp. The look on my face tells the whole world “This is the great thing ever.” I can’t remember all my friends’ names and they probably don’t remember mine. There is one thing I am sure of - It was a magical two weeks and every one of them played a part.
After three years I was an Eagle Scout and picked to serve as a “Scout Leader” at that year’s summer camp. The adults did a ton of work setting things up and making sure thing went smoothly. The duties of a “Scout Leader” - other jobs as specified.
This is when I learned life guard duty for 4 hours (even with breaks) was boring. This is also when I learned going grocery shopping with an adult leader for 24 hungry boys and 4 adult leaders was a not meant to be a fun event. We four “Scout Leaders” had the privilege of bunking together in a “Leadership” tent. This meant we went to bed after the other boys, and got up before they did. There was work to be done, and we were a part of that team that did it.
No sour grapes here! We enjoyed our time and were proud of the responsibilities we were charged with. We were treated like young men, and we were expected to act like it. The respect we received felt good. It came from a job well done - and it still does today.
Moral – In scouting, as in life, the actions of leaders and servants often look the same.