A friend of mine (also a life time Girl Scout, and a role model to me in the camping world) sent me a link to a great article: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/information-culture/2013/03/21/on-girl-scouts-glaciers-and-great-women/ that talks about the impact of Girl Scouts in a person’s life.
And it got me thinking – why I still love Girl Scout Camp.
Camp has been a part of my life since I was old enough to attend overnight camp. Every summer I looked forward to going back, meeting my counselors, learning new camp songs, experiencing new activities, meeting up with friends from previous summers, seeing how camp changed in a year (which animals would be there that summer, how full would the pond be, etc), and remembering who I was at camp. Summer camp gave me the space and place to be my best self. And on those days when I was – not my best self – it was a safe place to learn how to grow from mistakes, learn how to work as a group, and learn how to support others (and myself) through good days and long days too.
I am who I am today because of camp. I still enjoy spending time outdoors, learning new things about nature, and singing songs (they do get stuck in your head!).
And, as Camp Director, I get to support the opportunity of camp being available to girls today – so one day they can look back and think, “yeah, that is why I love camp.”
Why do you love camp?