Tuesday, June 05, 2007

This makes a reporter want to go back to summer camp

I really had fun on the job Monday because I got to tromp around in the woods with a bunch of kids. Don't get me wrong: This doesn't mean I don't like my job most days, but it's nice to have a little variety.

Usually I cover crime, but on this particular day I got to write about the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Camp, which is like Boy Scout camp for non-Boy Scouts. My article should appear in tomorrow's (Wednesday's) paper.

But being out in the summer heat, hearing about shooting a bow and arrow and watching as campers swam in a lake brought back memories of week-long stints with the 4-H Club or the First Baptist Church in Doyline. (I didn't necessarily do all of those activities at the same camp.) It was always exciting not to be in school and to do something totally different from the normal routine.

I have to say it was also nice to talk to people who were not victims of crime and aren't quite as jaded as some of us adults can be. These boys were all about having fun, avoiding spiders and trying to get back at the groups that had trashed their tents. You know, there always seems to be someone who wants to use toilet paper and toothpaste on anything but body parts at these kind of things. But that's all part of the experience, right?

Enjoy a few images I captured at the camp at Garland Scout Ranch in Stonewall. Maybe they'll help take us all back to those good times.

Dwight Shields, 12, of Shreveport, tests the water before hopping in.
Shreveporters Julio Hernandez, 13, and Trey Gipson, 12, swim toward a pier.

Lifeguard Chris Ortiz, 18, holds up 11-year-old Michael Cooper II and tells him to kick during a short swimming lesson.
Bossier City resident Kolton Williams, 12, flexes after swimming to a floating dock.

1 comment:

mel said...

we all miss 4-H camp!