Written by Kyle Margolis
You might’ve read the title and thought this blog would be a little corny, well you’re in for a treat. I was a camper who enjoyed watching sports rather than playing them. I was thrilled by box scores and highlight reels. That’s not to say I didn’t participate, I was just your classic outfield baseball player. As I reached the upper divisions of camp, my interests in sports reached its peak. I got more involved in sports during the year, which translated to some on-field successes down on Alumni Field and in the Field House. I called David on the phone to express interest in returning to camp to participate in the Apprentice Program. He mentioned to me I would need to focus on a specific activity. Unfortunately, my athletic abilities would not translate into my camper after-life. David recommended I hone my craft in the lower Rec Hall home to video, radio, and sports broadcasting. These programs interested me, but let’s just say I wasn’t buzzing to head across camp every day to go to work. As the summer progressed, my interest in Radio was at an all time high. The summer ended and I returned home and joined my high school’s online newspaper.
As I sat in school, I wondered when I would be able to return to the 18461 to learn more about an area of work that really interested me. I returned in the summer of 2015 to head the radio program. I was tasked with creating daily programs, activities, and projects for campers of all ages. As the summer came to close, I had to get ready for the biggest challenge of my life, moving into my dorm at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Luckily, I quickly befriended a group of friends who actively reported for WSUM, Wisconsin’s student radio station. By good fortune, I was given a timeslot to host a sports talk show once a week on friday afternoons. As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, it is really corny to say that I found my passion at camp. The reality is that Camp Starlight gave me the social skills and opportunity to fuel a passion I had no idea I had.