Here’s a First Time story from Wilderness Trip co-leader Joe O’Brien:
The first time I walked along the trails of Camp Stevens I knew it was for me. The people, the place, the philosophies of the camp all felt to me like something I had known before but had yet to discover. I had been traveling all over the states for the last few years through AmeriCorps programs, living everywhere from Maine to Montana, Seattle to Oklahoma and a half dozen other places. I had served in all kinds of roles, from a trail crew leader to a roofer to a wildland firefighter. When I finally found myself assigned to work with Camp Stevens through AmeriCorps NCCC I immediately started talking to the staff about working full-time after my assignment. Thankfully there was an opening and I gladly accepted the position.
I’ve never been to a camp. I wasn’t a Boy Scout, I didn’t work as a counselor in my teens and I’m not even from California. I can’t really tell you what’s different about this place from other camps because I just don’t know. All I know is that it’s special. It’s filled with wonderful people that care about their work and their impact on the world. It hums with the passions of those who were here before me and those who are here now. In all my travels I’ve never found anything like it, and because of that I thought I’d stay put for once.
2012 marks the 60th year of Camp Stevens. Over the next few weeks – leading up to our September 2nd Open House celebration – we’ll be sharing people’s reflections on their first times at Camp Stevens. Share your story by emailing ashleyATcampstevensDOTorg.