Life Lessons from Camp
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Life Lessons from Camp

September Update
The LCC provides a Leadership Development Scholarship annually for a student who works at a summer camp to supplement their income, provide for schooling costs, and encourage and provide opportunities for students to grow in servant leadership. This year Christian Oeltjen, sophomore from Lake City, received the $1,000 award. He shared this with us regarding his summer:

This past summer I was a counselor at Tomahawk Scout Reservation working at the Navajo sub camp, which works with kids around age 10 before they go into Boy Scouts.  As part of my job, I took a group of the scouts and parents out for an extra day of their visit and taught them more about Boy Scouts.  We cooked our own meals, went to the different areas of the Boy Scout camps and set up our own tents.  I also worked at different areas of Navajo, mostly the climbing tower.

Over the summer, I learned a lot of really useful skills and things about myself.  Before kids arrived, we worked on setting up the camp and other things, like CPR and lifeguard certification. I was new to Navajo this summer so I had to get to know everyone and learn things about them, and how to work with lots of different people.  This is an important skill to have in life, because you never know what the people you will be working with are like, and you need to be able to adapt.  Another important skill I learned was being able to remain calm even in stressful situations, like when dealing with an injury. Working at the climbing tower also taught me how to help calm children down as oftentimes scouts would get scared and freeze; I needed to be able to calmly speak to them to help them get down the tower in a safe manner.  

I am hoping to eventually be able to join the Marine Corps, and if I am able to, many of the skills I learned this summer will help me in stressful situations.  These skills can also help me in my career with prosthetics.  Being able to work with scared kids, and different people will be beneficial for me in my life. I am thankful for this experience and all of the useful skills I will be able to apply throughout various aspects of my life. I am thankful the LCC Leadership Development scholarship supplemented this experience and excited to continue to learn and grow through my faith.
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