This summer I have:
– been to 7 camps in 6 different states.
– traveled to 13 different states. (counting airports and one 5 minute detour through Washington)
– been graciously hosted by 8 different families.
– counseled 367 campers.
And, I have collected:
– 4 pieces of closing circle yarn
-8 friendship bracelets (from Zoe, Emily, Amber, Aubrey, Amy, Kelsey, Jordan, and Erin)
-1 prayer bracelet from a devotion station run by the Alderson sisters’ small group
– 2 rubber bands from Ohio
– 1 four leaf clover
-1 camp cutie bracelet
-1 peace intern bracelet from General Assembly
– 1 wrist band to eat at the Bethany College dining hall.
– 1 autographed children’s book
– 16 T-shirts
– 50+ mosquito bites
However, no matter how many times I read through this list and go over all the different countable things I acquired this summer something is missing. I will confess to having a camp box that all of these collected items will go in, I will pull it out on occasion – likely when I’m avoiding packing or cleaning my room – and reminisce. But all these collected things in a box will never hope to measure up to the array intangible non-countable ‘things’ I’ve acquired as a Peace Intern. The relationships, memories, and camp songs will stay with me always.
Simply put, the most meaningful thing I acquired was a sense of comfort and confidence. The ability to walk around and be comfortable just being Will. As our Intern coordinator put it, “a real adult.”