The camp director texted me last night. "I can't say enough good things about (Thing One.) He is so amazing with the kids and they all look up to him!" When I went in to pick up my other two today, the art teacher came over and told me how conscientious he is with the kids and that he's really good about seeing what needs to be done and doing it without being told. Made my day, I don't mind admitting it.
He's not getting paid, so money isn't the motivation. He just loves little kids and is great with them. Always has been. His favorite cousin is the youngest...those two have been inseparable for years. The director said that she initially wasn't sure about putting a teenaged boy with the youngest group of kids and I told her she couldn't have placed him better if she'd tried!
When he was a little kid, his favorite counselor was an older boy named Rob, who set a great example for him. I emailed Rob's dad last night and asked him to please let Rob know that Thing One is paying it forward. :)