Before working at Camp Kikthawenund, I did not know anything about the Boy Scouts of America. The only thing I knew about Scouting was that they wore tan uniforms and did activities involving the outdoors. Honestly, I used to tease my friends that were in Scouting; however, in 2011, I needed a job. My friend’s mother used to be a cook for Camp Kikthawenund and told me about the camp. She convinced me enough to send in an application. I was contacted by the program director for Camp Kikthawenund and I had a job for the summer.
The summer of 2011 completely changed my outlook on Scouting. By the end of the summer, I was a lover of Scouting. By serving as Adventure Trail staff, I learned outdoor skills such as building fires, tying knots, and more. I did not only learn about Scouting by teaching the program; I also learned by watching my coworkers. Throughout the summer, I had also watched the boys participate in the Firecrafter program. I saw how hard they worked and the gratification they obtained from achieving the program. I began to grow proud of the Boy Scouts of America.
In the summer of 2011, I learned about Scouting, but I also “came out of my shell.” Working at Camp Kikthawenund, I had to sing six times a day in front of people. Occasionally, I had to lead one of the songs; this meant that there was more attention put on myself. I was terrified to have all the attention on me; however, I had to lead the song because it was part of my job. I did not completely overcome this fear until the summer of 2012. Every person on camp staff will say that we are hired to act like professional clowns; this fact is very true. While learning the program to teach the Webelos, I also had to learn how to teach the program in a funny way that they would enjoy. Doing this also made me “come out of my shell.” Thus, working at Camp Kikthawenund made me gain confidence to act in a comical manner in front of children and adults.
After now working at Camp Kikthawenund for three summers, I have gained more skills in teaching children, pleasing customers, speaking in front of people, and working with my coworkers. I have been a director for two of those summers. After being a director, I have definitely learned how to work with others. I have had to learn when and how much to praise my staff. I have also learned how to handle various problems with program and staff. Thus, I have gained much from Camp Kikthawenund. Without camp, I would not be the person I am today. I have gained many skills and friends that will last a lifetime in those three summers; however, one cannot gain what I have gained by reading this. One must take the journey themselves. If you do, I can guarantee you will not regret the decision.
Alison “Rexie” Slack
Adventure Trail Director, Webelos Adventure Camp