Camp Stilinski, a summer getaway for kids K thru 12th grade with programs ranging from day camp to three month long stays in residence cabins. Stiles is the boisterous camp director, Storytelling and Songs are particular favorites of his, a position he inherited from his mother. Derek as the L.O.S.T. (Life and Outdoor Skills) expert who terrifies the kids into following safety protocol but also makes them feel like they’ve won the olympics when they manage a proper square knot for the first time.
Stiles making sure Derek’s plate magically has extra helpings of carbs before he takes the older kids on over-night trips. Derek being super intense about the daily flag ceremony and Stiles teasing him about it, but in a loving way because he knows Derek’s dad was in military (was Derek military too, we don’t know, he doesn’t like to talk about it). Derek bringing Stiles the last s’more at the end of week bonfire because Stiles walks probably thirty miles a day checking in on every program area, cabin, kitchen, and canoe launch.
Stiles just really, really cares about the camp. It’s been in his father’s family for decades but not many Stilinskis want anything to do with it anymore. They just like being able to claim namesake and send their kids away for free. John was at his wits end with the place when he met Claudia, a backpacker who stopped into his usual diner in town to borrow a phone to call her parents. She was asking about finding a room for the night and he found himself offering up one of his cabins to her. She never left.
Derek adds Stiles on Facebook the next day. Stiles is too hungover to notice for 14 hours but when he does wake up and manage to choke down some tylenol, he has a minor freak out about it. BEcause the thing is, he used to fancy himself in love with Derek as a kid. Laura and Cora were his friends but Derek was everything. Claudia of course found Stiles’ embarrassment over the whole thing to be hilarious and matched them up in the same cabin (Stiles always spent the summer in the cabins with the other kids even though he had his room in the house). That last summer, Stiles and Derek had been sitting by the lake when Stiles blurted out, “I think you’re really cute,” and ran away. Derek found him in their cabin a while later and kissed him on the cheek.
And then the fire happened and the Hales left.
STOP BEING SO PERFECT
YOU BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC TROPICAL FISH YOU
DEREK, LAURA, AND CORA ARRIVE AT THE CAMP TWO DAYS AFTER STILES GETS HOME. He’s explained the situation to his dad, talked it over, gotten paperwork ready for Derek if he accepts the job but how in the world is two days enough to get the place ready. Stiles nearly puts out an eye running around trying to fix stuff that got messed up during the down season. It’s an impossible task but at the very least he gets the L.O.S.T. area mowed and the shade tent poles fixed. The water to the cabin up there won’t turn on for some reason, so Stiles hopes Derek doesn’t want to test out any of the amenities of the place he would live quite yet.
The summer is miracle. Stiles doesn’t know how else to put it. It’s more of pretending like Stiles isn’t the one calling all the shots because parents aren’t any more comfortable with the idea of a young college student in charge of six hundred odd kids and a few dozen employees any more than they are with a teenager in charge of them, but it goes more smoothly than ever. Laura and Cora come to visit for a few days but Derek’s there from the start of the season to the end. He gets there before Stiles is done with the semester, actually, helps John and the other staff get the place ready so Stiles can focus on his finals.
YOU BEAUTEOUS WOLF
AH, THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY WEEKEND I’VE EVER HAD READING YOUR AMAZING WORDS