Newly in my position I was standing in front of a group of parents whom I didn't know very well yet. I was giving them all the details about a week-long canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) for their high schoolers. After I shared an enthusiastic and detailed vision for everything the week would entail, I confidently asked if there were any questions. I was pretty sure there wouldn’t be any as I had laid out all the details and now it was simply time for their kids to sign up!
Well, the questions came pouring in and it soon became obvious that the parents didn’t trust me. I was dumbfounded. To my knowledge, I had never been mistrusted in my life. This was uncharted territory. Not only that, but I had spent countless summers leading multi-day camping, canoeing, and sailing trips. My credentials were impeccable. I was made to lead a trip like this!