By Carrie McComas AKA "Cat", Contributing Writer
I remember the first time I went to Camp Bette Perot. Nine-year-old me was in awe of how big camp was. The road seemed to go on forever, weaving through the woods. So many trees; so much dirt. I was excited (and a bit nervous, too) for what camp had in store for me. Well, it turned out camp had a great deal in store for me from that day onward. You see, ever since that first trip to Camp Bette Perot over twenty years ago, I’ve never stopped going back. I continued to enjoy camping experiences there, participated in the Tejas Riders program, and worked multiple summers for Resident Camp. And I’m still excited to be at camp every time I drive through the entrance and onto that red dirt road.
For a first-time camper, camp can be a little intimidating. New people, new activities to try, and a new place to sleep for a few days. However, that is also what makes camp so much fun! The new people are soon known as your cabin mates and counselors. The new activities just might become things you can’t wait to do more of, and that new place to sleep is also the place where you can wake up and hear a chirp from a bird or see a deer or rabbit from the porch.
From my own camping experiences through the years, I’ve learned how to engage with new people, a skill that I’ve used when I changed schools in high school and when I moved away for college. Climbing the rock w...