Daily Newsletter – June 24, 2019
Yesterday was a fantastic day first day of camp! The weather was perfect. The energy was palpable. And we kicked off 1st session in a number of very meaningful and enjoyable ways.
We welcomed our campers, most of whom have been with us for a number of summers, and some of whom were joining our nurturing community for the very first time. Regardless of the length of their Capital Camps tenure, each camper stepped off the bus with tremendous anticipation, ready to embrace a new journey.
In Benjamin Village, many of our campers began their camp journeys yesterday at square one. They got off the bus with a mixture of emotions on their faces, many emotions similar to those I observed on some of our staff members’ faces Saturday night, as we reflected on our staff training week and reminded ourselves of our summer goals.
For me, the first day of camp is always an exciting one, as the emotions described above blend together quite well. We see brand new campers taking everything in for the very first time, experiencing the beginning stages of friendships that will last well into this summer and beyond. We see them participating in ice-breakers, where they find common ground amongst new friends and help each other unpack and settle in. At the same time, even our returning campers step off the bus prepared for a new journey. They come to us a year older, ready to embrace new challenges and new responsibilities. After seven years on staff here, the first day of camp never ceases to remind me just how long just one year can be.
I experienced older campers running up to me, having grown what seems to be dozens of inches, excitedly sharing with me all about the past year. Even our youngest campers impress me with their newfound maturity and independence. This was especially evident yesterday, as I helped a returning camper unpack – a camper who struggled a bit last summer. He was both respectful and able to listen to directions, making his own bed all with a joyful smile, a task which would have been nearly impossible for him just one year ago.
It’s the little things like that which prove that each summer is a new opportunity for each and every one of our campers. New or returning, they have limitless opportunities to grow, learn, experience, and love this wonderful place, a place that will undoubtedly hold a special place in each of their hearts for years to come.
Here’s to a great 2nd day of camp!
Benjamin Village Leader