Camp is a lot of things to a lot of different people. Recently I posed the question, what has camp taught you, to summer staff (past and present), teen leaders, 4-H Agents, adult leaders and of course campers. The responses spanned a plethora of topics, so I tried to break them down into categories.
LIFE SKILLS- things you learned at camp that will help you in your everyday life. Like making friends and how to do you hair in 7 minutes or less. All useful skills.
- How to deal and work with other people.
- Making friends
- How to do my hair in 7 minutes or less among other things.
- New skills and how to teach them to others
- Shaving my legs in the sink
- Being flexible in all situations
- How everyone’s weird qualities/quirks is really what makes them great
- Future job skills, like knots, life guarding and public speaking.
LEADERSHIP- things you learned that will help you with future leadership opportunities. 4-H camp gives youth the opportunity to lead others; gaining life-long experiences to help them become our future leaders. Who knows, maybe a future mayor, senator, or even president came to camp last summer.
- How to be a leader and how to put myself out there and gain confidence.
- Being a team player
- Being a good role model
- Speaking up
- Being enthusiastic, even in tough situations or on rough days.
- Idea sharing
PERSONAL GROWTH – these are personal things our campers have over-come, like being self-conscious or realizing that they are just the right amount of cool. It’s a great thing to see campers coming out of their shell and being the person they truly are inside. Where else can you sing a silly song at the top of your lungs while doing a silly dance and not feel like a fool?
- Less self-conscious
- Come out of my shell
- Finding the good in others
- Staying positive in tight situations
- Doing things that I love without worrying about the judgement of others.
- Going on 4 hours of sleep while being enthusiastic all day.
- That I’m a valuable piece of a big puzzle.
- That people care about me, just the way I am
- More caring personality
- That being myself was cool enough.
- How to embrace my uniqueness and weirdness.
What would you add to this list? What did camp teach you? I know my list is probably as long as this, what about yours?\