A summer At Woodcraft Camp: A Reflection From Both A Camper And A Counselor

A summer At Woodcraft Camp: A Reflection From Both A Camper And A Counselor

For anyone who has experienced a summer in the cabins by State Road 10

Last week, camp ended. No, this isn't some fun sports or adult camp that I attended during my college years for sheer "experience". For 6 weeks I got to go swimming, do arts and crafts, and roast marshmallows for my job. Sounds fun right? Well, it is, but it is also hard work. The thing about Culver Woodcraft is that no matter what I do to affiliate myself with it, the experience I had as a camper will boast so much meaning. While learning how to handle new challenges for my second year as an assistant counselor, I decided to reflect on my own personal experience and the experiences of campers I have observed. I have to say, off the bat that I am not a poet and probably never will be, so this might not follow some secret rules I don't know of. So here is my poem. Untitled. Unfiltered.

This is dedicated to all of those who have experienced a Culver summer

The sweat on my back trickles with each second moving slower and slower with every command from those in front of me...

But as I begin to lose hope, I start to stand strong

Every day I wake up to the sounds of pandemonium and I rush to start a day that I know will be gone in a minute

Recounting my steps, I see how far I've walked through the tallest of grass, the steepest of hills, in the rain, cold, dark and the heat… hotter than ever imaginable

I've lost my tears, my sanity and sometimes my will to try harder no matter what I am told to do...

but in the end, I can't imagine it any other way

When I am here, I live in a world without a screen orchestrating my choices and telling me that my outsides matter more than my insides

When I am here, I can be a leader, a follower, a dancer, an archer, a swimmer, an artist, a player, a star, a builder and the person who keeps running only to look back at the legacy I've left behind.

When I am here, I am in an element I can only get from this

When I am here, I am home

My ears listen to the sounds of creatures, a lively drum, laughter, that damn bugle, tears of joy, togetherness, whistles, the lake and my own voice saying “I can do this.”

For every struggle I can name as far back as 4 years, I can make up with the memories that leave me pining for just one more summer

Not every day is pretty or easy or fun but every year, I learn more about myself and the fantastic ones I care for, no matter where they walk from or the color of their skin

At the end of the day, I go to sleep with the same amount of pandemonium as before...

But this time, I feel inside that tomorrow will be great and awesome and challenging but beautiful because after all…

this is a #Culversummer

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to keeping the magic of these summers alive and fun-filled.

Cover Image Credit: Anne Nowalk

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

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