Andrew's frist week "on staff".
Don Newcomb (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 21 Jun 1993 08:33:26 CDT
It must have been an intersting week. My son, Andrew, (15 yrs., Life Scout)
came home from his first week as a counselor in training (CIT) at the local
camp, took a bath, fell into bed and slept for fourteen hours. What we
managed to glean from him, other scouts, and adults paints a picture of
an camp director's worst nightmare.
Andrew had been scheduled to teach basket weaving which meant that he did
not have much to do past the second day. The inspection team from "National"
was there looking the place over. (I'm not sure who "National" really was.)
Anyway, as the kids described it, the cook went berserk and there was a
tremendous fight in the dining hall. The cook was fired and most of the
kitchen staff quit or was fired. Andrew was pulled off basket weaving to
fill in washing dishes. He did this each day from 6 am to 9 pm for the
rest of the week. An adult told me that whatever had been wrong in the
kitchen, no one seemed to want to discover it. They had been eating there
all week, and would rather not know.
When the inspection team wanted to check out the trading post the found
it locked when it should have been open. The Scout who was supposed to
be in charge was found playing volleyball. He too, was discharged. The
camp ran the rest of the week short about 10 staff. The Ranger and his
wife filled in where they could.
Sunday, before he eagerly returned to camp, I had a talk with my son some
of the unpleasant realities of employment (e.g. If you seem to like washing
dishes, don't ever expect to get a job out of the kitchen.) He just told me
that he would rather be in the kitchen because "basket weaving was boring."
Oh well, I guess Scouting is prepairing him for a career in the food service
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