Guest Author - Angel “Plato” Houts

I’m wandering through the forest. Listening to the mystic river flow. The birds are singing, and the bugs chirping. I feel the chill of the wind, as the leaves rustle. I smell the timber, and take in that deep breath. As they creep through the trees, I can feel the warmth of the sun and its rays. At night, I’m patiently waiting by the fire. The burning wood crackles, the smoke whirls upwards towards the heavens. My gaze is stuck upon the stars, I am free. I am with my brothers in this great circle of life.

R.M. Pyles Boys Camp has helped forge me into the man I am today. They will challenge you to improve yourself at every level within the program. Camp gives you the tools to empower yourself. However, you must take that final step. I’ve been involved with camp through various positions. I was a camper, lioneer, specialist, PLT, counselor, and lead counselor. I’ve grasped many lessons that the people of camp taught. Some of these lesson include: knowing one’s self-worth, positive work ethic, teamwork, leadership, and accountability. Of course these are not all of the powerful lessons; and yes they do often intertwine. Camp has helped me stay adaptable, self-motivated, and respectful. They even helped me with a scholarship to pursue higher education. I now have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and am applying to graduate school.

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Lastly, just a friendly reminder for the obstacles in life…STOP! Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan. If that doesn’t work; when in doubt, refer out! I’m still in contact with my Lioneer mentors “Bamm-Bamm” and “Gizmo,” and they still help me navigate through life. At camp you will only gain family. Camp will always have a place in my heart.

-Angel “Plato” Houts

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”- The real Plato