The callouses will come and then you can eat

The CIT Tryouts held today contained a rite of passage not to missed by camp staff.  For lunch, each participant had to prepare a foil pack lunch and properly cook the pack over a charcoal bed for about 8 minutes a side.  The trick is flipping the pack and with only one pair of heat-resistant gloves competition for said gloves would be fierce.  These kids were a bit more introverted than normal and I saw roughly half the participants look for who had the gloves, realize they didn’t want to ask them for it, try to turn the packet over by hand, burn themselves, shake their hands fiercely to cool themselves down and then ask for the gloves.  After the first four burn victims I assumed they’d see what was happening and simply ask for the gloves, luckily to my amusement, they did not.