This summer was my first year being out of cabin staff at junior camp. I was frequently asked by the junior campers what being out of cabin staff meant. As the intern I was in charge of the field trip. As out of cabin staff I was in charge of background details like talking to the kitchen or helping make the schedule run smoothly. I had a lot of fun as out of cabin staff but I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with the campers.
This was also my first year being staff at teen camp, I had a lot of fun serving with the teens. When they started to arrive I felt a little lost because they were so much more aware and independent than the junior campers. A lot of them were veterans and knew how things went so they did most things without even being asked. It almost seemed like they didn’t need any staff at all. By the end of the night I was feeling a lot more comfortable. I realized that the teen campers didn’t need a parent figure like the junior campers needed instead they needed an older friend who they could talk to. It took some time to get used to the change from being helpful with physical things like homesickness to answering spiritual or life questions of the teen campers, but I appreciated the shift. My co-tribe leader was Anonymous who is the funniest person I’ve ever met and a great friend. We were the tribe of Simeon and we had 6 lovely girls in our cabin. They were all veteran campers except for one, but you couldn’t tell it was her first year because she was friends with everyone in camp within hours of arriving. They all got along great and had an impressive level of spiritual maturity that was shown during devotions and the Bible topics throughout the week. I got to watch them grow spiritually grow closer together as a tribe and as good friends. I’m glad I was able to be in cabin this year at teen camp and I hope I’ll be able to keep in touch with the girls throughout the school year.