Belzer Beast Wraps Up Day Camp

Rrraawww! I’m the Belzer Beast! I’m sad to say that the 2013 season at Camp Belzer has come to an end. Rafts are put up, Sour Spray is sold out, and our adventure courses are stored for the winter.

This year has been extra special for the camp. In addition to getting to see over 2500 Cub/Webelo Scouts and over 500 Boy Scouts, we also celebrated multiple anniversaries. Our Assistant Business Manager Lois Kemper celebrated her 20th summer, and our Ranger Kevin Hobbs celebrated his 25th summer. The biggest anniversary we celebrated was our 95th anniversary of F.O. Belzer finding our beautiful camp!

It’s been another amazing year at Camp Belzer, full of adventures, new friendships, and memories to be cherished.

Rrrrawwww!
-Belzer Beast

Ps. Here’s a picture of the camp staff this year! I’m not in the picture, but someone had to take it – right?

2013 Staff Photo 4x6

Camp Brings Out Your Best

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.

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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.

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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.

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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