Hey everyone, Escarpment here. This year has been my fifth and likely final year working at Camp Kintail, and as such an important part of my life ends, I thought that a blog post about legacy would be appropriate.
Legacy is a word with a potentially broad meaning, but to me, it primarily means how you will be remembered by a community after you leave it. At Camp, I hope to be remembered as a hardworking, caring, dedicated, and flexible staff member. I hope to be remembered as someone who led by example, and was looked up to, as I looked up to staff who came before me. I hope to be remembered as a responsible, fun, and creative. I was not a perfect staff, but I believe that I was an admirable one. We always talk about Kintail changing lives, and though it may be a cliché, I truly believe that I have changed lives through my work at Camp. The word Escarpment now means something more to thousands of kids, parents, and other guests of Camp. I taught kids skills, encouraged them to push their boundaries, comforted them in hard times, helped them grow as people, Christians, and friends. I also left a physical legacy at Kintail in the numerous projects I worked on, including the cabins, decks, ramps, buildings, and most important to me, the garden.
Camp has left its own legacy on my life. When I first started working at Camp, I was a surly teen with limited interpersonal skills and self confidence. Throughout my five years of staff, I almost left for numerous reasons; usually not the right ones. In retrospect, staying at Camp was the best choice of my young life. I owe much of my work ethic, physical and social skills, I learned many valuable lessons in my time at Camp Kintail, but the one that I think has impacted my legacy and who I am the most is to take pride in my work. Doing a job well is fulfilling and enjoyable, and there is an ocean of difference in quality between my work when I care about it, and when I do not. Camp showed me that if I was invested something, be it a large project or a simple task, I would feel better about doing it, and
Overall, I believe that I have left Camp Kintail a better place, and that it has left me a better person, and this is one of the things I am most proud of in my life.