, Muskogee, OK

Local News

June 23, 2013

Budding teacher takes first step on career path


From one team

to another

Baseball isn’t the only sport Josh Silver has been passionate about. In high school and college, he was into Ultimate Frisbee, which he compared to football.

“It’s a lot of fun and great to be in,” he said, adding that Ultimate Frisbee is far more athletic than Frisbee golf.

“You’re passing the Frisbee around trying to get to the end zone,” he said. “It’s very fast-paced, very good exercise.”

Players must stop running when they have the disc, but they may pivot and pass to other receivers.

“I played in high school with some people from Fort Gibson,” he said. “I heard about it through word of mouth. My friend invited me, and I got hooked. They got a team going in Fort Gibson and I got to bond with kids I normally don’t get to bond with.”

He kept tossing in college.

“When I got to NSU, some of the kids who played with me were in the honors program,” he said. “It helped me stay fit in college — or at least fitter. I don’t know if I would call myself fit.”

He said the group played twice a week at Northeastern State University and went to several area tournaments, including one in Tulsa.

Silver’s team was the Giggling Geese.

“We spent a lot of time playing at Honor Heights Park,” he said, “There are a lot of geese there.

“We actually have a T-shirt with a picture of a goose catching a Frisbee. I still have that T-shirt somewhere.”

A leader in

the making

Right after graduating from NSU, Silver landed at Kamp Kidville, where he is co-assistant director.

Silver, who has worked at the camp for several years, finds it great training for his teaching job.

“I’ve always wanted a job I can get up and be excited about going to. This is it,” he said.

First Baptist Church runs the day camp during the summer for kids who are out of school, Silver said, adding that up to 120 kids attend the camp.

“We teach them about God and they have a lot of fun activities,” he said. “They’re assigned a group that’s their age, and they have leaders who hang out with them. And it’s a blast. The leaders who lead the groups are phenomenal, staff is just amazing and it’s a lot of fun.”

Silver said he started at Kamp Kidville as a group leader a few years ago and moved up to co-assistant director this year.

“We help plan the camp. Before it starts, we help plan the schedules, design the activities, the field trips,” he said. “I’ve worked a lot on these big party themes we have on Fridays each week. Last week, we had an Olympics theme, and it was a lot of fun.”

The following Friday had a beach theme, which involved beach balls, squirt guns and all sorts of other wet-related fun.

“We make sure things run as smoothly as possible,” he said. “We get to interact with the kids a little bit but not as much as the leaders, which is a bummer. Because there are three of us, we get to escape a few times and get to be with the kids. That’s probably the best part.”

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