Boys Will Be Boys

During my junior year of college, I volunteered for a week as a boys’ summer camp counselor.  I don’t think I slept a wink — I was chased around with a frog, squirted with multiple water guns and partook in never-ending negotiations when it came to bath time and naptime.  After the week was over, I promised myself I would never do it again.  It was one of those once in a lifetime kind of experiences.  From now on, I told myself, I will stick to dress-up, fairy tales and baby dolls.

However, two weekends ago, I found myself back in summer camp.  But this time was different – I was actually excited; I willingly volunteered, much to my own surprise.  Two fellow Peace Corps volunteers organized a camping trip as a special treat for the children living at a nearby boys’ home.  I merely tagged along to help where I could, play until I was exhausted, and give some much needed lovin’.

So, off we went, up the mountain – no power, no running water, twenty-five boys, four PCV’s and two staff members from the home.

Here are just a few highlights from our action-packed venture:


Are we there yet?!

My buddy -- insisting on carrying my bag up the mountain

Serra Malagueta, you are a beauty

Halfway there!

A new meaning of cold -- bundled up in 70 degree weather! Sweatshirts, blankets and coats!

From egg cartons to caterpillars in under 30 minutes...

3 hours later than planned and 3 hitchhikers more than we bargained for, we made it -- with lunch and birthday cake in hand. Quite the story for another day...

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1 Response to Boys Will Be Boys

  1. Steve Pierce says:

    Looks like a fun trip. I am always amazed at all you do and very proud of you.

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