Camp is different. Camp can surely make a difference in young people’s lives. It offers kids a different environment from which they are accustomed. Camps are places to get away from real life; they are safe spaces, heavens. Yet that doesn’t mean that what happens in camp stays at camp. Quite the opposite. Camps have the power to provide values that might transform a child.
The camping experience is all about being in a group while being your true self. It is about having marvelous experiences together with others and learning from them. Counselors make sure that everybody feels welcome and accepted at camp. This develops a deep sense of belonging in every child. There is so much love in the air! As far as I am concerned, the way I bonded with my peers and counselors at camp is something I had never experienced before. It was spontaneous and very authentic. That is the reason why I thrived at camp. I learned to be more true to myself and much more open to others. Those, I think, were invaluable life lessons.
Camps are socializing agents. The best programs are those that positively influence the development of a child’s identity, instilling a deep sense of compassion and community. Those camps really strive to make everyone feel equal, and teach children that everyone needs to be treated the same. I really enjoyed the fact that campers at my camp in Montreal were very diverse. It was quite different from everything I had experience: my school and neighborhood. Sharing great times with people of so many backgrounds really made me internalize the notion that everyone is a worthy person. My camping experience really shaped who I am. It became the foundation of a personal and lifelong commitment to being open-minded and tolerant of others.
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