A Community of Values

Michael A. Goodman
July 2013

I spent last summer on Lake LBJ in Marble Falls, Texas, working at a camp where I had spent many previous summers: Camp Champions. Tucked away in the hill country of central Texas, Camp Champions has a long history of hiring great role models, as well as a rich tradition of integrating values into everyday activities. Each May, camps come alive with traditions, rituals, and spirit, and it wasn’t until this past summer that I realized how similar camp is to my outside-of-camp career.

Contrary to my love for camping, my real-world career is working in higher education as a fraternity/sorority life professional. On the bottom end of what I do for a living, I have the daunting task of addressing hazing incidents, drug use, binge drinking, hospital transports, unhealthy group think, and entitlement among eighteen to