Dear Baco Family,
I can’t express in words how fortunate and appreciative I feel standing here in front of you all right now. After 11 incredible summers, this chapter in my Baco experience is coming to a close. You may be sitting there thinking “Isn’t the book ending, not just the chapter? Momo is just trying to hold onto camp forever”. But that is exactly the point. Experiences at camp transcend the moment. There is no other place in the world where you so genuinely learn to be yourself, while at the same time, learn to understand how great it is to be a part of something bigger than that.
That, to me, is the essence of Baco Pride.
And that idea and feeling is something that every single one of us sitter here will carry with us the rest of our lives. Every day you spend in camp, the more you realize the sum of the whole is greater than it’s parts. There is a saying that is written in the Waiter Bunk. “Give back to Baco like it gave to you”. The best way to do that? Just be yourself as best you can, and support your fellow campers and counselors when they do the same. Whether you are sitting at the banquet tonight, or at the Ski Shack tomorrow, take a second to stop and appreciate how lucky we all are to have this place and each other.
Baco Family, thanks for the greatest 22 months of my life. If there was a word that meant more than family, I would have used that.
Here’s to you Baco. I love you all.
-Daniel Morris, Waiter 2009