“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
For the third year in a row, Boy Scouts from Troop 132 (Springbrook, PA) spent the extended Labor Day holiday volunteering countless hours of their time at Camp No Limits held at North Bay Adventure Camp in Northeast, Maryland.
While the food was plenty and quite tasty, the Boys Scouts sacrificed relaxation time and family BBQs and picnics this holiday weekend, and instead focused on serving and helping others through volunteer efforts and hard work throughout the day and night.
Camp No Limits is a camp for children with limb loss and limb differences and it affords an opportunity for the families to unite, have fun, and learn about breakthrough ideas with prosthetics, adaptive devices, and physical and occupational therapies. The camp provides the children a place to be a kid without questions or stares.
The focus in on the ability and being “differently abled” to do something, not on the disability. The camp also offers many adult role models and guest speakers from around the world to assist the children and their families in the journey.
To reduce camp costs for the families and provide more family time in general to the guests at Camp No Limits, the Boy Scouts and a few chaperones were requested to be on meal duty for the weekend. Approximately 20 scouts and 10 chaperones attended the weekend excursion. Boy Scouts set tables, served meals, cleared and bussed tables, vacuumed, cleaned and prepared the dining hall for the next meal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were served with smiles and happy faces – with little downtime in between meals. Other scouts and chaperones were on kitchen duty and tasks included washing and drying dishes, serving pans and utensils from the over 300 guests. It was quite the feat and process as we learned the ins and outs of working in an industrial sized kitchen.
The weekend was an incredible experience for my fellow Boy Scouts and me, as we practiced leadership and collaboration skills, improved communication skills, and shared fun times and experiences with many of the campers.
We received so much gratitude from the campers and their families in terms of smiles, thanks, appreciation and kind words. Some of the Boy Scouts participated in outdoor activities in free time – such as zip lining, ropes courses, and a giant swing.
Others, diligently worked on their Disability Merit Badge – as being at a camp like this offered the perfect opportunity for hands-on badge work and learning. The boys from Troop 132 are also applying for the Messenger of Peace Boy Scout award for the tremendous effort they extended this holiday weekend.
Job well done, Scouts. Here’s to returning next year for another fantastic experience proving there are no limits to what any of us can do through hard work and dedication.
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington