The Kids

"Just a Simple Walk" Late Thursday night, our last night at camp, and long after everyone had fallen asleep, one little boy lay quietly in his bunk sobbing continuously. One of our Counselors, who is a light sleeper, heard the boy and went to him to try and find out what was wrong. He got him to stop sobbing for a minute, and asked him why he was crying. The boy replied, "This was the best week of my whole life, and I don’t want it to end." Trying to get the little boy to focus on the positive, and stop crying – the Counselor started to list all the great things that they had done at camp all week: swimming, fishing, canoeing, woodworking, art, activity centers, games with the coach, camp fires, Breakfast Club and Evening Chapel. And let's not forget that great Birthday Party – with the special speed boat rides. Then he asked the camper, "Of all the things that we did, what was your favorite?" The boy stopped sobbing, thought for a moment, and finally replied, "Just walking with my Counselor, Todd."

 

Something so Simple: Last year I had a young man in my cabin for night relief, who was not having any part of going to bed. After getting some assistance from another staff member, he was finally on his bed, only to jump back up, as soon as my helper returned to his side of the cabin.

I finally had the idea pop in my head, and told my camper, “if you’ll lay down, Uncle Scott will tuck you in”. He got this funny look on his face, as he started to lay down, and I asked if he wanted one sheet or two. He stated he would like” two”, with a really puzzled look on his face. By now he is laying ramrod straight on his bed, with his arms folded over his chest, waiting to see what “tucking him in” meant. As I laid the first sheet over him and started at his feet to tuck him in, he kinda gave out this “hmm”. As I proceeded to tuck the 2nd sheet around him, he asked, “how’d you learn to do this?”. I told I had kids, and grand-kids, that I’d tucked in. As I was finishing up, he says, “I gotta go to the bathroom”. I thought, are you kidding me, really? So I told him, “OK, you run in and go, then when you get back, uncle Scott will tuck you back in”.

Well I’m not sure but what he didn’t set a record for getting into the bathroom and back into his bed, once again laying ramrod straight, with his arms folded over his chest.

I tucked him all back in again, then stepped over to my chair, just over his shoulder, and sat down. As the young man laid there, he looked over his shoulder a couple of times, to make sure I was there, I guess, and within five minutes, he was sound asleep.

As the week went on, I ended up with several young men to tuck in. It’s amazing how the simplest things can mean so much.

 

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