S’more than you know!

Every week I find myself sitting here wondering what to write about….seems like this should be easy…happiest place on earth….just blog about camp…what it means to all of us….but most importantly what it means to the kids!  The camp is experience is unique, especially in resident camp.  I never understood what everyone was talking about in terms of “resident camp”. There was all this talk about bonding….we did that in day camp….the friendships that last a lifetime…yeah well we had that too!  Then I experienced it for myself.  There is something to be said about becoming part of something “bigger” truly part of a community….perhaps family is a better word for it.  You rely on each other day in and day out 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The lessons learned are invaluable.
In this day and age you can ask a child a question and they will spout the answer or Google it as that is what they are used to.  Ask a child to describe the last time they explored the woods in solitude or lay in a field listening to the wind and watching the clouds move and your answers might not come as quickly…unless they have experienced camp!. Nature is not as high on the priority list for many, certainly not for the kids, if not presented correctly.  Nature is what they watch on the Discovery Channel.  Clearly camp gives them the opportunity to widen horizons, discover new strengths and add to the development of their self esteem. Yes it is a place where they can learn to swim, improve a skill, go down a zip line…but the payoff is that they come home from resident camp with better coping skills, self sufficient and self confident!  Clearly, there is more to camp than s’mores!  What a gift to give to your child!

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