Director’s Blog – July 8, 2016
Sometimes I think that the best job in all of camp is that of the photographer. Not only would you get like a zillion steps for your Fitbit challenges, but you would have a front row seat to so many of camp’s special moments. When the youngest bunk of campers at Airy hike to Thurmont Vista, they are continuing a tradition that is as old as camp itself. Certainly the picture is chock-full of cuteness, but what also occurs to me is that these campers make be guiding this very same hike as staff members in about 12 years. This is a hike on the path to leadership.
Our weekly middah is leadership. All week long, campers and staff have looked for opportunities to show leadership themselves, and recognize leadership in others. Nominations in our “Who’s your mensch?” box cite examples of leadership through both actions and words – taking initiative, solving a problem, organizing bunk members, seeing a need and putting in great effort to resolve it. Those individuals will be recognized at our Saturday morning Shabbat service.
Getting back to the hikers…there is meaning in following a trail that previous leaders have blazed. The lessons learned along the way, both intentional and by happenstance, cultivate leadership. As camp leaders, we challenge ourselves to facilitate personal growth. Can we help every camper, by the time he heads home at the end of a session, to be a better person, friend or leader? Will he have more confidence, more independence, and a new skill?
That hike is part of the journey.
Jason – staff
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High: 90°F | Low: 79°F
Warm and sunny early, then stormy later, and finally dry to end the evening.