My Horrible Experience With Camp Birchwood for Boys – What Actually Happened!

For the majority of what I was accused of by the director of Camp Birchwood for Boys didn’t happen at all.

However the director did accuse me of something another counselor did and I have never mentioned everything that happened actually happened here apart from in an email to CCUSA about 6 months ago.

First is the report that the director ‘Daniel Bredemus’ sent CCUSA

- Being cruel to one camper in particular.  Stuart would yell obscenities at him and tell him to stop paddling and then he would yell at him to start paddling again over and over again.  The camper was confused and scared of Stuart Moran.  This camper was also making shadow puppets in the cabin while Stuart was reading a book to the campers, and as a punishment for not paying attention, Stuart forced him to do push ups.  During the push up session, Stuart put his foot on the camper’s back, and caused him to fall over and made him start over again with the push-ups.  Other campers in the cabin confirmed the story.:

- Campers also stated that Stuart screamed obscenities at a homesick camper who cried frequently during the trip.

- Threatening to drag a camper out of his tent if he did not get out, while using obscenities.

In bold is something the other counselor did and I sent a message to CCUSA through email of what actually happened that day. Here it is. (Sorry about the spelling mistakes, its the exact message I sent CCUSA)

What I have highlighted I was not accused of by Birchwood for boys and knew nothing about it until recieving this, it was a canoeing trip and it was me and 2 other campers in one canoe and I did not yell at either of the campers and the other camper in the canoe did not make this complaint so why would I do this to one and not the other.
As for the shadow puppet incident, the camp punishment was 10 push-ups, this for one campers didn’t mind as a punishment and also the director ‘Daniel Bredemus’ was OK with the punishment for push ups. 
What happened in this case was that it was a time called lights out, where we get the campers to quiet down and ready for bed, so when the camper kept on acting out in this way I said that he had 50 push ups in the morning, this is something I always said and had them do no more than 10, the morning came and I got him to do 10 push ups and then what I didn’t expect was the other campers started to complain because of what I said the night before about 50 push ups and I said he would do them later but they were still complaining and that is when my co-counselor got up from his bed and told the camper to do push ups and every time the camper stoped doing it my co-counselor made him start again and my co-counselor never forced him to fall over but he did put his foot on his back as the other campers were complaining that he wasn’t doing them properly. i had no idea what to do here and it took until my fellow counselor asked me if he had done the correct amount of push ups (where I said yes) for him to stop. I can see why the camper wouldn’t be happy with me here but why I got accused of something my co-counselor did(although exsaggerated by the camper) I still don’t understand.
I also don’t understand why the director failed to mention this to me, as it seems that this is easily the worst thing in the report. I feel it may be because had the director mentioned this to me before I left I would have been able to answer this, as I have already stated I feel he may have had his own personal reasons for letting me go.

I have already provided enough proof that the homesick camper had lied and that also my co-counselor was accused of the same thing here.

Both of the directors themselves could tell you that the senior camper had a troulesome attitude and also that my co – counselor could tell you that I didn’t threaten him.
So hopefully this can be the extra information needed to get my situationlooked at properly.

The first part where I’m accused of shouting and swearing at a camper in my canoe! It didn’t happen at all and from what I remember the director only accused me of shouting and swearing at the homesick camper. The camper that was involved in the push-up situation was not the homesick camper and the homesick camper was never in my canoe or tent as he was in the other counselor’s group. So as I have said in previous posts the lies actually implicate the other counselor and not myself. So this is something that doesn’t make sense.

Now what I have put in bold is what actually happened with the push-up incident. This is 100% fact!

As you can see from the message I sent CCUSA I can understand why the camper would be unhappy with me and I do take some of the blame for what happened and I also could have stopped it earlier than I did, But I did stop the other counselor who actually did this and I made sure that it never happened again, which it never did.

I was a bit of an idiot in this. I didn’t expect this to happen and I didn’t expect the other counselor to do what he did although as I said in the message to CCUSA the camper exaggerated what happened, however since the report was written by the director of Camp Birchwood for Boys, I believe that he has purposely made it look worse than it was.

This incident also happened almost 2 weeks before I got fired, so that is another unanswered question.

Everything I have said on this matter is 100% true and I still don’t understand the majority of this as the lies implicate somebody else, i’m getting accused of something another counselor has done and the director accused me of something different in person from what he told CCUSA.

I don’t know what I’m more disgusted about from that day, the fact that the director seemed a little too happy about what he was doing to me or the fact that nobody else seemed to do anything to prevent it from happening.

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5 comments on “My Horrible Experience With Camp Birchwood for Boys – What Actually Happened!

  1. […] Now when it comes to the counselor Brent Louis, I believe the homesick camper lied about him as well as although the homesick camper was in Brent Louis’s canoe which I wasn’t always in earshot of I never once heard Brent Louis swear the entire time at camp so although the lies implicate Brent I do not believe he shouted or swore at the homesick camper but I do believe that he had a part in what the director did to me due to the mere fact that he couldn’t even look me in the eye and also from the report that the director sent CCUSA a few days later also accused me of very different thing including forcing a camper to do push ups, again this implicated Brent Louis but this has an element of truth to to as it was Brent Louis who was involved in the push up incident. Now I will say that Brent Louis never forced this camper to do push ups (something I haven’t made clear enough) but he was wrong in what he did there and although I was the one that stopped it, it shouldn’t have taken me as long to stop it as I did and to that camper I am truly sorry. The report and what actually happened in the incident can be found here: http://swsm31591.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/my-horrible-experience-with-camp-birchwood-for-boys-what-a… […]

  2. […] Now when it comes to the counselor Brent Louis, I believe the homesick camper lied about him as well as although the homesick camper was in Brent Louis’s canoe which I wasn’t always in earshot of I never once heard Brent Louis swear the entire time at camp so although the lies implicate Brent I do not believe he shouted or swore at the homesick camper but I do believe that he had a part in what the director did to me due to the mere fact that he couldn’t even look me in the eye and also from the report that the director sent CCUSA a few days later also accused me of very different thing including forcing a camper to do push ups, again this implicated Brent Louis but this has an element of truth to to as it was Brent Louis who was involved in the push up incident. Now I will say that Brent Louis never forced this camper to do push ups (something I haven’t made clear enough) but he was wrong in what he did there and although I was the one that stopped it, it shouldn’t have taken me as long to stop it as I did and to that camper I am truly sorry. The report and what actually happened in the incident can be found here: http://swsm31591.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/my-horrible-experience-with-camp-birchwood-for-boys-what-a… […]

  3. […] Now when it comes to the counselor Brent Louis, I believe the homesick camper lied about him as well as although the homesick camper was in Brent Louis’s canoe which I wasn’t always in earshot of I never once heard Brent Louis swear the entire time at camp so although the lies implicate Brent I do not believe he shouted or swore at the homesick camper but I do believe that he had a part in what the director did to me due to the mere fact that he couldn’t even look me in the eye and also from the report that the director sent CCUSA a few days later also accused me of very different thing including forcing a camper to do push ups, again this implicated Brent Louis but this has an element of truth to to as it was Brent Louis who was involved in the push up incident. Now I will say that Brent Louis never forced this camper to do push ups (something I haven’t made clear enough) but he was wrong in what he did there and although I was the one that stopped it, it shouldn’t have taken me as long to stop it as I did and to that camper I am truly sorry. The report and what actually happened in the incident can be found here: http://swsm31591.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/my-horrible-experience-with-camp-birchwood-for-boys-what-a… […]

  4. […] Now when it comes to the counselor Brent Louis, I believe the homesick camper lied about him as well as although the homesick camper was in Brent Louis’s canoe which I wasn’t always in earshot of I never once heard Brent Louis swear the entire time at camp so although the lies implicate Brent I do not believe he shouted or swore at the homesick camper but I do believe that he had a part in what the director did to me due to the mere fact that he couldn’t even look me in the eye and also from the report that the director sent CCUSA a few days later also accused me of very different thing including forcing a camper to do push ups, again this implicated Brent Louis but this has an element of truth to to as it was Brent Louis who was involved in the push up incident. Now I will say that Brent Louis never forced this camper to do push ups (something I haven’t made clear enough) but he was wrong in what he did there and although I was the one that stopped it, it shouldn’t have taken me as long to stop it as I did and to that camper I am truly sorry. The report and what actually happened in the incident can be found here: http://swsm31591.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/my-horrible-experience-with-camp-birchwood-for-boys-what-a… […]

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