My camp name is Tut, and will forever be Tut. Camp has changed me into the little TNT camper I was, to the leader I am today. From being here as a camper, to SALTer, staff, and now leadership, camp is now my home.
One summer, waaayy back in the day, I told my parents I wanted to go to an overnight camp. We attended MBC for a few years, and decided that I should try out Camp Widjiitiwin. To this day, it is one of the most life-changing decisions I have ever made, and that was when I was 9! When I came as a camper, I felt welcomed by all the other campers, as well as the rowdy staff. Everything was a party, from morning till night. It was the best experience I ever had, all stuffed into one action packed week. Needless to say, I went back the next year, and the next, and so on. Every year just kept getting better and better!
In 2013, I made the jump from camper to SALTer. I didn’t know what to expect from the SALT program. I had heard people talk of awesome memories and lifelong friends they made in SALT, but I figured they were just exaggerating. Much to my surprise, I now share my awesome memories with my lifelong friends here at camp. SALT was not only packed with fun, but it helped me grow spiritually and emotionally around people who truly cared about me. The amazing experience that summer made me want to take the next step: working at camp.
Working at camp is incredible. Being a role model for campers and being there for them like others were there for you is such an amazing feeling. One of my cabin leaders is one of the biggest role models in my life, and he made me want to be a cabin leader. As a staff at camp, I am part of an organization that changes people’s lives every summer. There may be camps with nicer canoes, bigger cabins, and less bugs, but they can’t compare to the community at Widjiitiwin. The community is what brings staff and campers together.
People often ask me, why do you still go to camp? My answer: I’m not, I’m going home.
“Oh, how wonderful, how pleasing it is when God’s people all come together as one!” Psalm 133:1