Hi Guys, for those of you who don’t know me I’m Jack Rickels and I am from England. Now, England is a long way from here, so I thought I would tell you all why I chose to travel to Kawaga, and why this place has become so special to me.
When I first found out that Kawaga was interested in me, naturally the first thing I did was go to the website and check it out. The huge variety of sports and beautiful scenery got me interested, but what really hooked me to taking the leap over the pond was the fact that pretty much all of the staff had come back for their 8th, 9th, 10th summers, which in my head made me curious as to find out why they keep coming back. So one boring, long flight later with surprisingly really good plane food-great waffles- I arrived at camp. I remember waking up for the first time at camp, and coming out of the cabin and looking down at the camp from above the tennis courts. I was just thinking “Wow” it looked incredible (D1 had more grass) I saw the eagle flying over the waterfront and I couldn’t wait to jump in the lake and try out the jungle joe. But what really made my first week of camp so good was definitely the people I met. Every staff member was so welcoming and helpful and they made me feel like I had been their friend for years.
And then, all you campers started to arrive, and that’s when the job became even better than before. I don’t think I’ve ever been at a job where I look forward to waking up early in the morning and starting, and that’s all because of you guys. On a day to day basis, you make me laugh, smile, tired, proud, shout, and always happy. The enthusiasm and energy you guys put into everything that we do here and your helpful nature is something I’ve never seen before and I love it!
Pete Zollo said something in the Mess Hall the other day that really stuck with me. He was talking about when he was visiting camp without all you campers here. He said “Camp is beautiful, but it’s not the same with out the people” You people in this room are the main reason why this is by far the best job I’ve ever had. I now know why you all come back year on year- because at Camp Kawaga, you make friends for life. Friends that help you out without a second thought. Friends that you look up to as role models. So, if I can give you one piece of advice it would definitely be to cherish your time left here at camp. Even if you are feeling kind of tired or just in a bad mood, try getting out there and hanging out with your mates-because before you know it, you’ll be sitting in school in an uncomfortable chair wondering when you’ll next water ski, or which Wellek is better Ben or Jon? (Jon in my opinion, but hey) So a big thank you for everyone here right now, for an amazing summer so far and let’s keep it going and what have you!