Proud parent here, elaborating a bit more on the end of last night’s post, after E and I found some papers that M had left on the coffee table. He was given an entire page-long write-up on why he was named “Staffer of the year” at the camp. Among the reasons:
This den leader is often known for his calm, relaxing manner when working with the campers and remains very polite to everyone even when he is given a challenging den. He is always one to step up when no one else does, especially in the mornings when he is the first and sometimes the only one to be with all of the kids in camp at the gaga ball pit. I applaud him on his continuous energy and efforts with the kids, there is never a time where I have seen him slacking. You can always find him giving all the kids piggyback rides or playing dinosaur tag with the kids and the staff or yelling jail break from the staff lunch table. I commend him for his desire for a challenge and staying positive throughout the day with the children.
I don’t know whether “jail break” is a game, or an alert when one of the kids has made a break for the woods. Based on what M has told us about his days at work, this camp attracts a fair number of kids with serious emotional or behavioral issues — which also explains the comment about a challenging den. E and I are are so proud of him, for how well he has dealt with all of the kids, and made camp so positive for them. He may be only 17 years old and a second-year counselor, but he is definitely very, very good at this job!