I'm back from a week on camp with my cubs and what a fantastic week it was as well. When people ask why I give up so much of my own time and energy for a bunch of random kids I point to weeks like this. It was loud, it was fun and when it was hard work the kids responded magnificently.
My band of horrors may be loud, they may be scruffy (fuck, they are the grungiest, scruffiest bunch of kids I have EVER seen on camp) but their willingness to stick together as a team, to do their chores, and to take on things that might scare the crap out of them (trust me, when you're 8, abseiling is terrifying) outstripped every other group on site. They made me incredibly proud!