It seems only yesterday that the Spring Tadpole class walked into the doors of Camp Red Frog for the very first time. Forty-something strangers were picked to work together and be a part of an experience of a lifetime in Chicago. I can tell you now that we are leaving this experience as anything but strangers. Friends, colleagues, teammates, family-you name it, that is what we are. And as the end of the week swiftly approaches and our days at Red Frog are coming to an end, we wish we could stop time to stay at camp just a little bit longer. It is hard to put our experience at Red Frog into words, and even so, these words won’t do it any justice. But, I will do my best to try.
When looking back on the past five months at Red Frog it is hard not to smile. Why is that? No, it is not because of the tree houses or the foosball tables or family lunch. While those things have brought much joy to us in the past months, it is the people and the memories associated with them that make us smile. From ripsticking through the office to pounding rebar on-site at Warrior Dash, Red Frog has provided us with a unique experience that we will look back on with fondness. While becoming close in the office, it was our on-site adventures at Warrior Dash that created the bonds that will keep us tadpoles together for years to come. Who would have thought?
To my fellow tadpoles, it has been great. These past five months would not have been the same if it were not for the group that we had. Each and every one of you brought something amazing to the table, and it was an honor to work with you. As friends, I am confident in saying that you have made a great impact on my life. Red Frog helped me build the skills necessary to succeed in my professional life, but more importantly I have made friendships that I know that I will have for the rest of my life.
Frogs, keep doing what you are doing. The growth and expertise that we have gained at Red Frog would have been impossible without all of you. You all were there in our times of need and provided us with the guidance we needed to succeed. Many lessons were learned, and it is safe to say that we all were pushed out of our comfort zones more than once by you, and we thank you. Without that extra push, we would not be where we are today. We are confident that we will move onto great things because of the skills that we have acquired from Red Frog.
On that note, I am going to leave you with a cheesy but fitting quote. “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.” Red Frog Family, it has truly been a pleasure and I will miss you dearly. Until next time.