It’s hard to believe it’s already half way through February! The year is speeding by. Last month there were some exciting developments in the near future for me and, as in the past, I want you to be aware of them. So here it is, the latest life update from yours truly!
Currently I am a Program Instructor at Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, MA. February marks the fifth month of my position here and I am loving it! There’s always something new and challenging about my work and the community here at camp is as fantastic as ever. The northeast continues to present lots of exploratory opportunities and I have barely scratched the surface. Most recently, a number of us staff members stayed at a couple rustic cabins for a night at a farm and forest in Rupert, VT. The weather didn’t really cooperate (howling winds and icy snow the whole time!) but we still had a grand time! I am still looking for community involvement outside of BOC, though there is some progress being made there as I visit and get to know some church congregations in the area. We’ll see where those relationships go! It’s been such a good experience to live in this part of the country and discover what the land, people, and culture are all about.
Now for the really exciting part: in January I was offered and accepted two new positions with BOC! I will continue instructing here in Becket till June, then will switch to summer camp mode. This summer I will be the Ropes Course Site Supervisor at Camp Becket for Boys, which will last till the end of August. This position involves me supervising and helping run all ropes course and climbing activities at camp, plus helping with some other activities throughout the summer with program staff. I am excited for this opportunity to grow and stretch my abilities and knowledge in the field! I have only ever been part of one summer camp (love you forever Camp Seymour!) so it will be a good experience to be on staff at a new camp.
The second part is that I am now officially going to New Zealand as part of BOC’s International Program! We partner with an outdoor camp outside of Auckland, NZ, called Camp Adair, and do a staff exchange program with them. What this means is I will be staying here at BOC for the remainder of this year and then going to Camp Adair this October where I will stay for six months working as a Program Instructor and doing some traveling on the side. I am really stoked to get more international experience and learn from another culture and outdoor program! And what could be better than doing so in the land of The Lord of the Rings? Nothing. Literally nothing.
I will return from overseas in April, 2018, and that’s where the plans end. Most likely I will finish out the spring season back here in Becket, MA, and then have a second go at summer camp with Camp Becket. That, however, is yet to be determined. We’ll see how things go over the next year! For now, Becket is home. It’s strange to think about still, that I’ll be here in Massachusetts for a while yet. I never thought I’d call this area of the country home, but I’m confident and at peace that it’s where I’m supposed to be.
If you ever find yourself out on the east coast, give me a holler! There’s always a place for you to stay and friends to be made here at camp, so please come for a visit! Or, if you can’t come visit, send a postcard (but the first option is preferable) and expect one in return. Thank you for all your support and involvement in my life. It makes a huge difference in my life! Can’t wait to see where we go next friends. Be blessed!