About 20 years ago I took my first steps across Camp El Tesoro’s lovely swinging bridge. Although at the time it felt like I was crossing a grand expanse on a thin swinging rope. Anxious, excited, and filled with wonder, I weathered that adventure to start my first day of camp. Unaware it would set me on a path that, much like the trails at our extraordinary camp, would shape me into the person I am today.
“A program like Camp Fire gives you exposure to so many different things and teaches you to consider all aspects of life."
We must learn to take some time for “you” time which better enables us to handle our many responsibilities. What this may look like is different for everyone but that makes it no less important for any of us.
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.
When kids and teens learn how to make this kind of thoughtful, holistic, consistent progress toward their goals, they take those skills into the rest of their life.