The anticipation for the second day of the trauma camp was high. Volunteers were eager to begin working with the children and building connections through skills and activities. As a team leader for children ages 7-9, I recognized the anticipation of the children to be involved in activities to be equally as high. My co-leader Ace and I led children through “Feelings Charades,” introducing basic emotions to them and helping them express these emotions to their peers. Their eagerness to take turns guessing and expressing feelings presented was refreshing. Perhaps the most anticipated event of the day, however, was the hour designated to swimming in the lake. Tiny voices could be heard throughout the camp asking team leaders, “Can we swim now?” among other variations of this question that did not cease despite responses indicating it would not occur until the afternoon. Thunder and lightning created a significant delay in swimming. Team leader Gene presented a water relay game for the children ages 7-9 to experience until we received approval to swim from camp lifeguards. Children, in two teams, raced each other by running small Dixie cups of water from a bucket to fill a bottle. They laughed and encouraged each other as they waited their turn to fill the bottle for their team. Finally, we were able to swim in the lake after storms passed and approval was given by camp staff. The day ended with all children, families, and “relatives,” gathering together in a circle before dinner was served. In anticipation of a similar circle gathering from the night before, I gathered along side other team leaders and the Lakota children and their families. Together we experienced an invitation to participate in a preparation and blessing ceremony presented by the elders. This was a humbling experience, and one that I feel privileged to have been a part of.