As we get closer and closer to the end of summer camp, we all begin to reflect on everything we’ve learned and experienced, here, on the Preserve. We’ve realized that the Woodcraft Laws are simple guidelines that, if followed, will lead to a more fulfilling life. The saying, “I’m my best me at GRP,” does not come without meaning. There is a feeling here, something that cannot be seen but can wholly be felt in every aspect of life. I think now, towards the end, it’s more important than ever to think of the words of Walt Whitman, who said, “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
With these words in mind, think of all the wonderful moments, shared with fellow campers and staff, alike. Think of how incredible it was for us all to witness the Fireside counselor, Joseph, create fire by friction, using only pieces of wood and his bare hands. Think of all of the Polar-Bearers, first time, or otherwise, who took the plunge into the Green River, Big Laurel or Uncle’s Creek Falls. Think of the courage it may have taken to go off the zip-line or jump into the lake from the high tower. Think of all the magical pieces of this grand puzzle that is the Preserve, and you may have an idea of what this place gives to all who have the privilege of being here. Thank goodness there’s a place like Green River Preserve, and thanks to all of the campers, parents and staff that make this place glow with happiness and wonder.
Story by Brandon S. Marshall with Photos by Brandon S. Marshall & Samantha J. Keebler