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the aquatics staff on more basic skills. While Paige Kramer (Will’s


younger sister) taught one group the sidestroke, Cameron Delestienne spent nearly an hour helping Jacob Polite learn to float. Near the end of the period, Delestienne told Jacob how far he’d come. “Those first 10 seconds, you were floating,” he said. “I wasn’t touching you. You were doing O.K.” After class, Delestienne and Paige


Kramer explained that helping kids learn to swim is their biggest reward. “Last week we had a kid that I worked with last year in instructional swim who wouldn’t jump into the water,” Paige said. “I worked with him for two days just to get him in the water. This year, he came back, and he had a blue


band [indicating he’d passed the BSA swim test]. I thought that was a good accomplishment.” That’s an accomplishment that


should lead to others, said veteran staff member Woody Woodruff, who over- sees Brownsea as head of the camp’s outdoor-skills department. “Hopefully, everyone who comes through here is going to work his way to Eagle Scout,” Woodruff said. “Brownsea’s just the first step. Here they not only take the first step, but they can see the rest of the staircase.” They also can see Scouts who


are ahead of them on that staircase. Brownsea staffers make it a point to learn their Scouts’ names, and they’ve helped many a homesick boy work through his misery. “They have to feel


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