August 10th is National S’mores Day, so get out your skewers, stoke those coals and settle in for a little Camp Fire history.
At Camp Fire First Texas, our mission is to invest in the community by providing out-of-school time and outdoor learning programs for children and youth while also providing workforce development programs for the educators who care for them. But HOW does the team attain this – by integrating our six main values into the work we do every day.
Like many other kids my age, I grew up watching camp movies like The Parent Trap and Camp Rock. Though those movies admittedly aren't the most realistic portrayal of summer camp, watching them made me long to have a magical summer camp experience as the main characters had.
Summer vacation can be the most enchanting time of a child’s life, or it can be the most boring. And a boring summer vacation is like a firework with no color or sound; it lacks the magic. Serenity relates to this idea wholeheartedly as she feels summer is a “waste of time” without camp.
Summer camp is an important aspect of a child’s life. It is a time for relaxation, human connection, growth, and serves as a brief respite from the chaos of our technology-filled world.
As a camp kid you see the fun, the freedom, the adventure and joy. It is the time to break free from your parents, find your voice and flex the muscles of independence. Camp is important.
One day in early spring 2020 I packed up a few things from my office, picked up my two preschool-age children from child care and drove home thinking we’d hunker down and enjoy a vacation/work-from-home couple of weeks. Oh, how very little did I know. And how quickly did I have to learn.