During the school year the most common questions we get from our Camp parents relate to their child's social and emotional growth. As hard as it may try, school is just not as fun and exciting as 7 weeks at overnight camp, and navigating the ins and outs of social life during elementary, middle and high school is never as easy as when you are away for the summer with your camp friends. So quite regularly we get asked about how to help a young person who is struggling with peers relationships, including bouts of social cruelty.
This morning I saw a video about bullying that I felt needed to be shared. The short, 6-minute documentary is titled “Opening Doors and Hearts”, and it profiles a young man named Josh and his struggle to find social acceptance in a new school. Initially withdrawn and seemingly unnoticed, Josh begins holding the door for anyone and everyone he encounters. It eventually becomes a way that he gets noticed by his peers, and recognized in a positive way. As you will see in the video it eventually leads to him becoming a minor celebrity in his local community, and even someone who changes the culture of his entire school. Take a look at this short film.