I recently wrote about a counselor training event we call our Parent Forum. We invited a group of camp parents to sit on a panel and discuss with our staff why they chose our camp, and why it is such a good fit for their family. During the event Felicia, a mom from Boston, told a story that really stuck with me. She said that over the winter she took drove her teenage son and his two camp friends to a buddy's bar mitzvah in New York. On the way there, rather than using the trip to text, Snapchat and play Madden Mobile, the three camp friends talked and laughed with each other the entire drive. And the entire drive back. As she told the story she pointed out that as close as he may be with his home friends, when they are on a car ride together each spends the trip fully engrossed in their electronic devices. It's only with his camp friends that he will voluntarily take a break from technology and truly interact.
We are often asked about how we have such kind, caring, intentional counselors. One of the ways that we make this happen is with our rigorous camp counselor training program. Currently, we are deep into our second week of Staff Training, and yesterday was a really powerful day of learning.