The Giant

He is small in stature, but what he has achieved and continues to achieve makes him a giant. Yes, he started out in the early fifties with his older brother by his side. And where his brother was outgoing, with his own voice, creative, and a participant, the one I write of remained in the shadows, a cautious little boy. He always enjoyed camp and his group, learning everything his counselor and specialists taught. He rode horses and swam, participated in sports, etc. Although he was not particularly good at most activities, he played the game. In the sixties at Camp Shasta, he loved camping and grew as a person but still remained somewhat in the shadows. He was a popular member of his cabin groups over the years, establishing meaningful relationships. Many of these old friends stay in touch to this day.

But life generally did not go well with him as a young adult. He was purposeless, still the small person in his own mind. He was in a depressive state, and in the middle of one winter, he journeyed to Camp Shasta to think seriously about his future and whether he even wanted one. Sitting by the dark and icy campfire pit, he considered his options. He told me that visions of kids and staff came to him as he sat alone by a fire pit with no fire. Love from the images poured over him and gave him reasons to live.

He drove home, entered Cal Berkley, and earned a PH’D in Health Anthropology. Not long afterward, he traveled through many parts of the world dealing with health issues and came to teach at his alma mater.

On one of his trips to Nigeria, he became involved in the education of young girls. He was energized by the challenges he saw and began gathering money and staff to build schools for girls. He even wrote an academic book on the subject. It took the images of his past to show him that he was always a giant.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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