My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for White Stag Association, Soda Springs, CA, USA
I was involved as an adult advisor in the white stag program for 7 years. I came to understand the value of the program when I picked up my son after he had been a Phase 3 candidate. He was a Life Scout at the time so he had a good deal of outdoor experience as well as troop leadership experience. When I picked him up and asked him how his week of camp was he replied "it was the best thing I've ever done, I learned so much but didn't realize I was learning until the end". He promptly fell asleep exhausted, relieved and inspired. After our first year on staff in Phase 2 during our final reflection his words were " this was an amazing experience but the best part was I got to share it with my dad". I am fortunate to have had both the experience with my son but more importantly to have heard those words. Many parents are not so lucky.
We are both still in touch with all eight of the youth we shared the year with. White Stag is an opportunity. If you have the courage to participate as either a youth or an adult it will leave you a changed person. Changed for the better, wiser and more understanding as a human being.