Beards on Beards on Beards
By Todd Mitchell
Many people have heard of Movember, sometimes called no shave November. Many people are just aware of beards in general. Few people are aware of the beard growing experience that takes place at camp.
You typically start off camp clean shaven because, as with most jobs you want to be presentable and make a good impression on your employers. You also don’t want parents to think that they are leaving their kids with grungy hippie-type counselors that seem to be a very distinct stereotype of summer camp.
The next stage is the casual scruff phase. The parents are have dropped off their kids, the camp director could care less how much hair you have on your face, you have been here for weeks. You’re practically family by now. This is the stage where most counselors should stay: the point where you toe the line between professional baby face and a week beyond five o’clock shadow. It’s acceptable facial hair but for most it is not enough.
The next and final stage is the full beard stage. You have now been at camp for multiple weeks by now. You don’t really care that you look like you should be a concert-goer at Woodstock or that you could be accepted as a hobo in most cities. It doesn’t matter. You have been growing the beard the entire summer; it is as much a part of you as your arms and legs. Growing a beard is a difficult process. You have to commit to it, through the rough stages when it looks like a patchy mess to the glorious day when everything has grown in and you look like a hippie mountain man – the point when you have grown a successful summer beard at camp.