Re: Pre-Summer Camp Minute
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 09:26:00 -0500
Last year I did a pre-summer camp minute.
I will always remember a very important camp I went to in college: ROTC
Advance Camp. One of the challenges was that things would go wrong
and frequently they would go wrong on purpose just so we could be
judged on how we dealt with problems. My friends and I came up with
phrases to help us get through those tough times. While things will not
go wrong ON PURPOSE at summer camp, there will be lots of
opportunities for things to go wrong. You might get too hot, or too
or too wet and muddy, or too dry and dusty, there might be some foods
you don't like, or the bugs may bother you, or you just might get sick
tired of being with your friends for 24-hours a day for a whole week. So
want to teach you those same three phrases to help you get through
the week when stuff has you down.
Get With The Program.
It's a waste of energy to complain about stuff you can't change
bugs, etc.). Complaining irritates your fellow campers, the camp staff,
your adults leaders, and everyone around you. If you are asked to do
something you don't like, it sometimes takes less energy to just Get
The Program and do it rather than argue about it. And, in the end
will have a more enjoyable experience.
It's Not That Tough
When problems first come up, they usually look really big. But a day or
week from now they might appear insignificant. No matter how hard you
have it, there is always someone somewhere who is suffering more.
Most problems are only temporary and they're just Not That Tough.
summer camp only last seven days so just Get With The Program.
Cooperate And Graduate
No matter how positive we try to keep our attitude, everyone of us will
sometime in our lives encounter a situation that we can't handle alone.
The great thing about family, friends, and a community, is that we can
help each other. If you see a fellow Scout having a bad day, try to
cheer them up and they will do the same for you when you need a lift.
These three phrases are useful not only at summer camp but in our
daily lives all the time.
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
SM T125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Carmel, Indiana :: Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Life is short, pray hard.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City