Getting to know the 2013 staff- a favorite family story*
When I asked the staff for their favorite story from camp, I expected lots of different answers. I even anticipated getting some similar tales from old camp friends, reliving fond shared memories; I did not foresee getting the same story from Lady Pam (also known affectionately as “OLP) and her first born, Lady Emma. What was more touching was that this memory they shared was a moment experienced by the entire camp, one that embodies a truly remarkable aspect of FDL-
Lady Pam- It was during Airbands evening program and a young camper got up on the stage in the barn to sing a song but was very nervous. Her sister got up and encouraged her, but stage fright got the best of her and she sat back down. The performances continued and towards the end, the girl got up on stage to try again. Instead of singing a popular song from the radio, as the other groups had done, she chose a camp song, “Bless this Camp”, one of my favorite camp songs. She started singing it, off-key, but you could have heard a pin drop as the entire camp listened. As the camper finished the chorus and started to sing the verse, she faltered on the words and was visibly shaken at her inability to recall the lyrics. A counselor, who had to be twice as tall as the camper, hopped up on the stage and knelt next to the camper. She began singing with her and in another thirty seconds, the entire camp had joined in, singing “Bless this Camp.” What struck me most was the spontaneity, encouragement, and acceptance that occurred with no instruction from anyone. As I witnessed this moment, I was so proud to be a part of a place where something like this happened, and it actually brought tears to my eyes.
And because it is her favorite memory too-
Lady Emma- At talent show, a camper tried twice to sing “Bless this Camp” but couldn’t. On the second try, Lara Wilks got up on stage and kneeled down next to her, then the entire camp joined in and sang with here, juniors and seniors alike. The unspoken understanding of everyone was amazing to experience.
Though they shared the same memory, the phenomenon they described is not unique to this moment. I know because I have seen it myself. So as we enter a time meant for family and reflection, I thought it more than fitting to share the part of this amazing community that made me so proud to be able to join it. Happy Thanksgiving.
*this will be another ongoing thread because, well, we had an awesome staff this year and I would love to let you all know them better.