Diversity: A Beautiful Thing

  • July 24, 2015
  • Posted by Nathan Hess

One might think that six kids from Helena, MT would be similar in many, many ways. I was one of those people and I couldn’t have been further from the truth. I learned very quickly that even though most of my crew grew up in the same area their whole lives that they were truly on different ends of the diversity spectrum. It is very common in today’s society to talk about how the youth of this world are uninformed about current events. I cannot even begin to describe how encouraged I was by the conversations that took place at work, in camp, and on very long car rides.
These kids would discuss very serious world issues while at the same time displaying extreme amounts of respect and admiration for one another. One afternoon our entire crew talked for a solid three hours about religion, race, sexuality, etc. This was definitely my favorite memory of our four week session because I realized that our world is in good hands. I have no doubt that this group of kids will make differences in their schools, friend groups, and families.
Other than amazing conversations, our crew, “The Barbed Incidents”, worked ridiculously hard and met some great project sponsors along the way. We worked in some beautiful places like the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and the Helena National Forest doing brutal work in severe heat. Our crew received glowing reviews from our sponsors and I was extremely proud of the work they accomplished.  I know our crew enjoyed all the time we had together and personally I would never change our time together.


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