Boys Scout Camp, was it a waste of time?
So to answer the question Camp: Entertaining or Horrifically Tragic, I would have to say who’s point of view?
If it was JC or RB or SP, then I would say horrifically tragic. Crappy tin foil dinners, really bad therefore cold sleeping bags, no fishing skills, and a general distaste for the outdoors makes for a long trip. On the other hand you take me, I could sleep in the dirt for months on end, and eat nothing but freshly caught fish and be as happy as could be. I have friends who are the same way. So its hard to answer that question. I know there are guys who have come back from trips and do not speak to anybody for weeks after, and then there are guys who have come back from a trip and are been best friends with someone they hated. (Of course not Carlos who leaped across a HUGE fire to tackle me off the log I was on for repeating a Spanish phrase one of the guys told me to say. I have not won many fights in my life, but I took care of myself on that one. Of course it helped that as soon as he hit me I had 6 guys jump on top of him.)
It all comes done to a matter of attitude. Those guys who struggled in life and made things difficult for themselves did not do so well. Those that knew how to “play well” with each other enjoyed themselves. The important part of boy scout camps is that the opportunity to grow and mature and develop friends was extended to all, and just like life it’s a matter of recognizing that invitation, and responding. My only hope is that in some small way I was able to help someone, during one of the many trips we took feel welcome and feel like they were somebody.