At 6'1" and around 250 lbs. Bob* looks like he could be a defensive lineman on any school football team. Once he smiles, though, it's impossible to picture him throwing aside opposing players to smash a quarterback. He is a gentle giant.
Bob has lived in many places over the past 14 years of his life. Too many to be involved consistently in any activity. Currently he lives in a local hotel with his dad and siblings. Peace, quiet and stability are rare commodities for Bob. That's part of why Timber Bay is so important to him right now. Bob's older brothers and sister were involved with Timber Bay for years. Watching them made Bob want to be involved also.
At 11 years old, he attended his first camp at camp. At 12 years old, he started attending the middle school groups and camps. Now he is involved with our high school group. Timber Bay is a place of consistency for him. The staff are always there. The large group time is always there. The Loft is always there. This provides a security that he desperately needs in his life.
In his own words, if he was not involved with Timber Bay he would spend most of his time getting high, which he hasn't done in over three months now. The camp provides the peace and quiet that Bob craves. His dream is to move to Alaska one day to have a wide open space. Until then, he has Timber Bay.
Around town, he enjoys going fishing. Whether we catch anything or not, he simply enjoys being by a lake where the only noise is a slight breeze, chipmunks playing on the rocks and an occasional eagle's cry.
* (not his real name)