WOODY’S WORD 2nd July 2013

Posted: July 2 2013

‘The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he asks of his students, but how many questions he inspires them to ask of him. ALICE ROLLINS

And we are all teachers, whether we know it, or like it or not. Never a day goes by when I don’t seek out new information or new knowledge, a new name or a better way of doing something. I am learning all the time and I am glad that I can. What better place to do that than here at summer camp. As a cultural exchange program for foreign students, camp counseling is the best way to experience life in the USA. It is meant as a student exchange program, but I’m still here teaching the very students that I once was. I have learnt so much over the years – primarily by asking questions – and for that I am eternally grateful.

I saw in front of  me this evening some of the teachers and leaders of tomorrow. These are the young men who will be helping me in my dotage; the young men who will be giving me great memories in the years ahead. One such young man is Michael Dunleavy, recently acquired by the Chicago Bulls and a veteran of the Friendly Confines. Michael graced the courts and fields back in the 90s and has since gone onto great things. I particularly remember him as my 13A soccer goalkeeper and for his antics in the frisbee-golf relay. Oh the memories.

Could this have been one of the best camp days of the summer? Blue skies, hot sun, a beautiful lake and a small group of energetic boys from the younger age division all keen to listen and learn. We finished up round the camp fire down at Sand Lake reading Roald Dahl and listening to the waves gently come to rest on the beach. What a great day.

The trips are still out and they are having a blast. We will be back together as a whole group tomorrow at dinner. ‘Green and White united…’

Things could not be better. In fact, all is well, so safely rest.

Goodnight everybody.

As ever…WOODY!

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