During our first week of camp this year, we received a small package containing a letter, a check, and a few paracord bracelets from a camper that was at Scofield approximately 6 years ago. In the letter, Stuart [name changed for privacy] related a tale of his time at Scofield Scout Camp.
Many years ago there was a young boy. This boy felt lost, confused, and alone in the world. He hung out with the “cool” kids and tried his best to fit in with them and gain their acceptance, even if that meant doing things he knew were wrong.
Once at [Scofield Scout Camp], this boy found fun and interest in archery, knife throwing, camp games, marshmallow roasting, merit badges, and more. These were not the only things him and his friends found interest in, for they also found interest in the paracord bracelets sitting by the counter of the Scout Camp store.
A friend of this boy took a bracelet from the display rack. “See it’s not that hard,” said the boy’s friend. Another boy joined in and proceeded to steal yet another bracelet. By now, all the boys were looking at this boy. Although what his heart was telling him was the opposite of what his friends were suggesting, he gave in and proceeded to steal along with his friends, on more than one occasion.
So much has changed in my life over these past few years. I am now a happy missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am nowhere near to who I was many years ago. I know what I did was wrong and I humbly ask for your forgiveness as I strive to constantly be a better person. Read the full letter here.
Stuart learned a valuable lesson about his time here at camp. He might not have learned the lesson AT camp, but BECAUSE of Scofield Scout Camp, he will be able to share his valuable learning experience with many people.
Summer camp can continually provide great experiences for our youth. This lesson among many others is WHY we need camp! An extended experience away from home to learn from Scout leaders can help a young man decide who he is and who he wants to be. Lessons are not always learned while attending camp but the experiences at camp provide a foundation for the rest of their lives.
Author: Scott Major | District Executive, Marketing Executive, and In-Camp Director for Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch, Utah National Parks Council