I saw this sign outside a local house of worship on a recent dog walk and it struck me enough to cross the street, remove my gloves, hold the dog carefully with one hand and take a picture with my phone. After several blurred attempts that I blame the dog for, I managed to get this picture.
The message on the sign made me think about summer camp. It made me think about the fact that in this age of distraction, typically as a result of modern technology and busy schedules, time away at summer camp truly can offer a departure from distraction. Instead; children focus on friendships, nature, fun activities, positive role models, traditions, even boredom and conflicts sometimes!
And talk about the luxury of paying attention! Campers pay attention to each other. They learn about different homes, different cultures and backgrounds, languages too. Campers pay attention to the young adults that become the most important part of their daily cabin lives. These camp counselors become powerful and positive role models.
Campers also pay attention to the fact that they can accomplish this feat of being away from the comforts of home for 2 weeks, away from the loved ones that they usually rely on for all matters large and small.
Our camp directors and leadership team also pay attention to the children in our care, to the growth we see in them and the development of fine young adults that takes place in front of our very eyes as campers return summer after summer. On a daily and practical basis, we pay attention to ensure each child is safe, happy, clean, hydrated, protected from the sun and enjoying themselves to the fullest!
Everybody here at Camp truly believes in this departure from distraction and we hope that you get to sample it at some point soon too, either at camp or at another destination of your choosing!
Footnote; Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer, known as Pico Iyer, is a British-born essayist and novelist of Indian origin, best known for his travel writing.