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Weekly All School Bulletin

@camp565: The Value of Summer Camp
Posted 04/27/2017 08:53PM

My first summer working at an overnight camp, the evening’s activity was the annual talent show. Campers had to audition, practice their acts, and then perform in front of 300 fellow campers and 100 staff member. Halfway through, as I sat on my uncomfortable backless wooden bench watching these very (and some not-so-very) talented campers sing and dance, one timid girl took quietly to the stage. Shaking from nerves, she softly announced that her talent was playing her nose. Not sure what to make of it, I watched with curiosity as the girl pressed her left thumb against her left nostril and began to hum a popular tune through her nose while “strumming” her right nostril. At the end of this seemingly bizarre performance, the entire camp burst alive with thunderous applause, clapping, whistling, shouting praises and even giving her a standing ovation. This performance became a thing of legend, the child became a rock star amongst her fellow campers, nose strumming actually became a thing. But the image burned forever in my memory is the ear-to-ear smile lighting up that girl’s face, basking in the loving acceptance as she looked over the boisterous crowd – this is the power of camp!

At camp, children arrive every morning eager for the day’s events and leave happy, exhausted, dirty, and begging for more. Campers are encouraged to try new activities, conquer old fears, make new friends, and work as a unit. Young counselors are mentors to their campers, leading the fray and developing into formidable youth educators.

When outsiders visit camp, all they see are kids having fun. What is really important, though, is the value of the experience. Campers learn about themselves and how to relate and interact with their peers. They learn to think creatively and build courage to try new things. They leave each day having been applauded for being their true selves, having gained newfound self-confidence. I have witnessed camp’s transformative magic time and time again. What campers “take away” from camp is both tangible and intangible, completely valuable and priceless at the same time – and I know that this magic cannot be learned in the same way anywhere else on earth.

Come to camp. It’s where magic happens.

~ Carrie Singer

Contact Carrie at 203-236-9532 or summercamp@chasemail.org if you want to swap stories over your own magical camp experiences or are interested in learning how your child can experience the magic @camp565.

 

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