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Supportive camp friends help you to be your best self

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 10, 2015 3:08:00 AM


There are many things that I love about life at our 7-week overnight camp in NH. I love how no two days are ever the same. I love the kindness that our campers and counselors show each other. I love how hard people try at activities, and simultaneously how much fun they have at them. I love the sound that the frogs make on the lake at night. At the top of my list of things that I love here is how utterly committed everyone is to being their best self, and helping their camp friends achieve real happiness. Almost immediately after stepping off of the Opening Day buses campers and counselors internalize that this is a place where you can be totally comfortable being who you are. People find their silly side, or that they are a leader ways that they never knew before. They discovered that they love a team sport or artistic endeavor that they never even considered trying before. They find that they are stronger, more resilient than they ever had a chance to be while living in the comfort of their home. And as they discover all of this they begin to be more supportive and encouraging of their camp friends. 

This freedom to discover more of who you are leads to a lack of self-consciousness, which in turn leads to real, sustained happiness. It also helps our kids succeed in ways that they never thought possible. I'll share some examples just from today.

I started my morning at this Evergreen Junior Soccer period. A number of these girls play on competitive teams at home, but just as many do not. Their coach had them involved in this great drill where groups of 3 had to pass the ball from one end of the field to the other, and then try to score on her (the coach was in goal). Some of the teams completed the task quickly, while others struggled to maintain control of the ball, or shoot cleanly on goal. What did our girls who had finished first do with that free time? They stood to the side and cheered on their friends. Relentlessly. And when each group had completed the task, they took a break (not for water or rest) but to do a silly dance. How often in life do you see a group of 12-year old girls behave so supportively, while not worrying about their place in some social hierarchy?  

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