I tried to leave summer camp just like it was in the 70's
I sang nothing but Kum ba Yah and ate nothing but pork & beans but I was just never satisfied
In my heart I just didn't think it was a good idea to leave a cabin full of boys alone while I went down to the dock with my girlfriend
I tried. but I just couldn't leave things the way they were
It's not my fault that regulations change every year and I believe camps have to change with them
I AM a camphacker, I think camp SHOULD change and use new technology and take better care of kids
Even as a child, while other kids were building sand castles and playing capture the flag, I was writing creative announcements with costumes and lighting cues and building better cabin designs out of lego
As a teenager I began to _experiment_ with experiential education and new adventure programming games
I would sneak out of the cabin at night to the archery range to test the arrows to find the best brands for hitting bull's eyes
Throughout high school I would do essays on the best way to make s'mores - always put the marshmallow on, THEN the chocolate chips
In math class I would run equations to test my theory about Hand Washing and Health Practices for a "small community situated on a lake"
In University, I found that all of that was really just a gateway to the harder things:
Teaching others to be camphackers, in the dark and the damp with nothing but fire to light our nights
I don't what it is... I always just wanted camp to get better and more kids to know that experience
I often worked until the wee hours of the night and got up at sunrise... just to make things better at camp
I just get such a thrill when I see campers laughing until they cry
That high I get when I know that because of what I taught one more camp is going to be full this summer:
I just can't help but search for my next fix, the next hit,
a new camp who wants to get new campers in an inexpensive way
seeing a client who's happy and has loyal campers coming back year after year after year
I'm constantly searching
for that new camp director client and the satisfaction in their face when their whole staff works together as a team and loves to be with each other
It's all I think about
I'm here now to try to change, to try to get clean
I've been clean now for weeks, I haven't jumped in a mud puddle or played a camp game until I got sweaty for...
Who am I kidding?! my pant legs are soaked - that puddle was AWESOME.
The truth is I think night and day about camp. I can't help it.
I appreciate your support
I'm Travis Allison and I am a CampHacker.