Name: Tommy Harris
Hometown: I hail from the sprawling metropolis of Minnetonka, Minnesota.
How do you stay busy September-May?
I'm a sophomore at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia majoring in International Relations. When I'm not doing schoolwork, you can find me playing ultimate frisbee competitively on William and Mary's club team, attempting to write the next great dorm-room ballad (Wonderwall status here I come!), and trying to come up with the most dominant strategy for all camp capture the flag.
How long have you been involved with Warren?
I was a four year camper and am going on four years on staff as well. For those keeping score at home, that's probably like 30 million seconds.
What activities are you involved in?
Aside from pre-BORP work projects? Ropes, music, athletics, and of course the world-famous Warren Tennis Academy (CWTA). I've been known to live the dream as Boating Orderly, and I've dabbled in swimming and boating as well.
What age group do you work with?
I work with the extremes - when I'm not with the older kids (14-16) on trail, I'm usually holding it down with the young guns in Cub 1 or Cub 2 (7-10). I love the insight and maturity that older kids bring and especially love working with them in the context of trail. But I also love being able to show the younger kids how great a place Warren is!
What is one piece of advice you would give a first year camper?
Try something different every day during community time! Camp has so many different things to offer, and although you have a lot of flexibility in choosing your schedule, the activities you end up with may not allow you to take advantage of all of camp. You'll also meet more people by bouncing around to different activities. Take advantage of the time you have to explore and you'll have such a rewarding experience.
What do you enjoy about working at Warren?
I think every staff member could talk about this question forever. One thing that immediately comes to mind is skill development. There's no better feeling than when a camper learns a new skill that you helped them with. Those smiles are so bright and so motivating. I think that skill development is a big part of the overall opportunity for deep personal growth that Warren offers.
I also like taco day.
Favorite camp song?
It's a darkhorse pick, but Ze Birdie Song is so fun, and also a great lung exercise.
Favorite all camp game?
I'm a capture-the-flag purist.
Favorite camp counselor moment?
Too many to count! Once, my brother tossed me a half-eaten hot dog bun in the kitchen which I slam-dunked into the trash for a sweet alley-oop. That was cool. But seriously, I had the opportunity to lead a long border this past summer during 2B. Our squad was inseparable and we all meshed together really well. After firewalk of that session, we all walked out onto the Athletics Field for devos. It was one of those chilly nights at the end of August, and the moon and stars were really bright. The topic for devos was "How has this trip changed you?" The conversation that followed was incredible, and was so gratifying for me as a counselor to hear people's answers and know that we had all just shared a life changing experience.
Anything else we should know about?
It's worth it to be a minute late to an activity to smell the flowers, cloud-gaze, or check out a cool bug. Keep your eyes and ears open, and the living, breathing world of Camp Warren will open itself up to you. I think that's pretty unique.