Camp Powhatan, the largest council-owned Boy Scout camp in the nation, has been offering summer programs to youth since 1950. This summer, I had the privilege of working there.
My weeks were spent teaching eager, young scouts the art of woodcarving and other crafts. I had grown accustomed to the warm, sticky days of July and the persistent hollers and hooplas of the campers we so adored.
But a few weeks ago, I saw a completely different Camp Powhatan.
The wind was cool and whispering, the sun set much earlier and the only noises I could tune into were the cliche sounds of nature.
During the summer, the camp grounds are often packed with counselors and campers, filling the surroundings with an abundance of activity. Visiting in the fall was a refreshing moment to reflect on the beauty and peacefulness of the world around me.
For those of us that spend our summers here, this place is home. There’s nowhere else like it.