Where Boys Can Be Boys

As the gathering dusk surrenders to a warm summer night, constellations take their timeless forms in an ink-black sky and Port Miller stands before a lakefront campfire and tells the Legend of the Great White Ape that attacks a summer camp — a boys’ camp just like this one.

Before him, boys in a tight circle sit rapt. There are no visual aids. There are no parents around. There isn’t an iPhone in sight.

It’s just Miller, the quiet night, the still lake, and the boys’ imaginations. And it’s magic.

Text by Thomas Farragher