Name: Charles Evan Prentice
From: Battle Ground, Washington
School: CAM Academy
should not volunteer to be cool, but to give back to the community.
No, people should volunteer because they enjoy helping people,
and desire to impact society in a way that matters and benefits more
than just themselves. This is why I believe that volunteering
is something everyone needs to dedicate a portion of their time to
I am 17 years old and have given
back to hundreds of people in a way that will impact them for the
rest of their lives. I am not talking about impacting adults or
teens, but Cub Scouts. For the past four summers I have volunteered
my time as a staffer at Camp Lewis. As a staffer, it was my
responsibility to teach Cub Scouts various skills such as knot tying
and cooking while at the same time keeping them interested and eager
to learn. My experience as a staffer was amazing. I loved
teaching scouts new skills and I greatly enjoyed leading group songs,
like Bazooka bubble gum.
I myself have
spent ten years going through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, which is why
I chose to be a Camp Lewis staffer. Participating in the scouting
program has been such a wonderful experience for me, so I decided
that I would help lead and encourage younger scouts to follow the
my staffing days are over, but my volunteer career is not! Currently
I am participating in a church organized program, called “Love
Vancouver” where we clean up the community through activities like;
yard work and trash pickup. This year I have also become a member of
the CAM Academy Interact Club. So far I have participated in bake
sales, food drives, and tree replanting at Klineline Pond.
has posed the biggest obstacle throughout my volunteer career,
especially over the summer. Summertime is when I am most active as a
volunteer, which is also when I spent months as a staffer. I
work full time, which is about eight to ten hours a day, five days a
week, for seven weeks. This takes up the majority of my summer, so I
have to organize my other activities such as; diabetes camp and
tennis practice, around my volunteer work.
have spent most of my volunteer hours being a role model and leader
for kids. This will help me be a better leader in the future. As I
look toward the future, I see myself continuing and increasing my
volunteer work. When I volunteer my time I look at the long
term impact of my actions. Through my service I have fostered and
fueled a spirit of service. I have shown kids the scouting path and
how they can utilize scouting skills to give back to the community.
Thus, through teaching kids new skills and being a great role model,
I have inspired a new generation of leaders, who will then grow up
and lead the next generation.