Troubled Teen Sees Kindness In a Candy Bar

Our Shindig celebration happens about once every three months. It’s a chance for students to gather at Outpost with their peers and celebrate their wilderness experience. Here’s a letter we received from one of our current students. We think it shows the respect and concern we have for all of the troubled teens enrolled in our program.

To whom it may concern:

Some students here at RCA calls this the “grievance” process in which they express their complaints of feelings of injustice. I believe that if this channel of communication can be used to complain it can also be used to thank and show appreciation.

On Wednesday of last week, Shindig was held. It was a wonderful event that allowed groups to show team cohesiveness and have fun at the same time. I’m sure that I share the sentiment as all the other students that attended in saying that it was a really wonderful event. I would like to thank everyone responsible for the success of Shindig; I really enjoyed it.

Also; I entered the poetry sharing part of Shindig and at the end I was offered and Almond Joy chocolate. I am allergic to nuts and made the gentleman who was giving out the candy aware of that. Upon sitting in my seat I was approached by a lady who told me that she’d let someone know about my allergy to nuts; then a gentleman came and asked me to name a chocolate that I liked and he said he would have it sent out. I told him that a Milky Way would be fine and he said Okay.

To my surprise the next day at about midday Snow Owl came to my group and delivered to me the Milky Way. I didn’t expect it to come out that fast and I’m happy that it did.

I just wanted to write this letter to express my gratitude and appreciation for a great Shindig and the courtesy and wonderful hospitality that I received with regards to my nut allergy.

Have a good day!

Kindest regards,

E.,  Ravens group