Why We Do What We Do

Whenever people ask me what my job is, they usually respond with something along the lines of “Wow! That is so cool that you get to spend so much time in the outdoors! I’m so jealous!” And while it is true that being outside for a majority of the time is a definite plus, my position as a member of the CMC Stewardship Team is much more than that: it includes being outside for 10 hours a day in the hot sun with little shade, working with tools that make you sweat and your muscles sore, and trying to push past the thoughts of “What did I get myself into?!”

The Top 9 Best Things About TVOLS

I started attending summer camps with the CMC’s Youth Education Program when I was 12, enticed by a mild interest in rock climbing. I had so much fun that I convinced my parents to sign me up for several more programs that summer and every year following. Two years ago, when I new course was introduced, I immediately leapt at the opportunity to go on the Teen Ventures Outdoor Leadership Summit. I signed up a bit skeptical about the prospect of a week focused on teambuilding and volunteer work. It turned out to be my favorite week all summer. I could go on a multi-hour rant about how much fun I had, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll condense it into a list of the nine best parts of the trip.

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