This is the start of a blog that is intended to capture the unique opportunities and observations of my travels across the American west with a group of teenage campers. The trip starts in Bolder Colorado and will commence in San Francisco, with a duration of 30 days. For one to fully understand the scope of this odyssey you will require a brief prologue on this particular camp and its residents.
The campers attend camp from the ages of 8 to 15. This particular camp caters to New York and New Jersey’s families of privilege. The campers generally spend every summer at camp in succession. Each year they move up the camp totem pole with the activities and trips becoming more lavish and exciting! At the top of this totem pole is the 14 and 15 year old known as Tribe West. As stated above it is a trip across the American west with the goal to show the campers the culture and sites that they haven’t experienced.
Now there is a need to introduce my friends, the staff that will be sharing and at times enduring this adventure.
Drew: He is a second year staff, English and is a great laugh! Drew is a tall individual who is great with the kids and always has a smile on his face! We joke that he is a big camper at times and throughout this blog I’m sure this will be a common reference! 😛
Rhairn: she is a very unique person. The idea that actions speak louder than words must have been derived from her facial expressions. You know exactly what thoughts are running though her mind by the position of her eyebrows, tilt of the head, configuration of her lips, and even position of tongue. It is almost its own form of communication that works as her primary form when verbal goes astray. Her particular brand of Australian accent is at times very difficult to understand.
Tony and Sarah: They are our trips residential couple. They are from Melbourne Australia and their brand of accent is very understandable. They are both second year staff as well. Tony was OPT with myself last year and Sarah was a GL. Besides being a couple they are essentially the Ying and Yang to one another. Sarah is a very out going person who will laugh and give you exactly what is on her mind regardless of who is around. Tony is a man of few words, but when he speaks it is always insightful and important. These two people are possible some of the best people I have had the pleasure to meet. Our friendships waste cemented last year and now in the heat of the west I foresee it thriving in this environment.
Amy: She is the trips group leader. Which means that she has the final say on just about anything and everything that goes on on this trip. She has been here for 5 years and was OPT assistant director last year. Camp has an amazing way collecting amazing people and Amy is one of them. She is hard working, diligent, and organized, which makes her a good trip leader. Amy is also a friend of mine, she came to visit in the off season while I lived in San Diego. It is also worth note that people say she is awkward. I’d be lying if I said this was not the case but her awkwardness is more of a penguin attempting to run on ice then a creepy dude at the party that says inappropriate things. I’ve grown an appreciation and even have a fondness for her awkwardness. I enjoy when people are them self’s regardless of possible perceptions of others.
Jared: I suppose for completeness sake I should introduced myself. I am a second year staff that was formally OPT. OPT is outpost tripping and it is the department of camp that handles the off camp adventure trips for all the divisions of campers besides tribe west. OPT does alot of the high adrenalin activities such as; mountain biking, rock climbing, cliff jumping, high ropes course, zip lining as well as hiking and camping. It is a natural transition for some OPT to become tribe west because this tribe does many of the same activities. Even as I write this blog I could be camping under the stars or waiting for campers to return from exploring various cities. Yet to describe me personally I will admit is a challenge. I may have to ask one of my friends to do this and insert it later.
My preamble to this trip is that it most certainly be an interesting adventure that I am sure will test my patients, make me smile, and provide me with new challenges to grow from!
Untill the new blog post this is Jared TW signing off 🙂
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