When asked what the most valuable contribution I’ve made is, I will forever tell people that it is my summers spent at summer camp in the US. The connections I made, the inspiration I passed on, and the world that I immersed myself into was one that I can only hope to find again.
Coming from a country where summer camps are a non starter, due mainly to the weather, I was very unsure what to expect. Signing up to the program in the final months of the season I found myself in a world like no other I had experienced , a tightly knitted team, ready to support each other where needed. More importantly two bus loads full of children that had been waiting all year to come and join us at Camp Rosenthal, and from the start I knew this was a camp that would forever hold a special place in my heart.
Camp Rosenthal offers children the opportunity to try new experiences and push themselves out of their comfort zones. In planning summer activities for the camp and running a safe program I soon came to the realization that I too had experienced this; I had done something I thought myself never to have the skill set or confidence to do. Camp gave me the opportunity to do this and to realize my passion for working with the youth.
Camp offered me a place to impart some of my culture on to the campers that passed through session after session, but it also gave me the opportunity to work with staff of other cultures, and to truly open my eyes to the relatively sheltered up bringing I have had.
The real thing camp meant to me, was that it was a place where I could go and have a truly positive effect on the youth and create a summer that I hope they enjoyed being a part of half as much as I did. Camp Rosenthal has left me with a head full of fantastic memories, and laughs, it has also left me with lessons about myself that I didn’t know. It also gave me a place to gain skills I never knew I had.
I will forever love Camp Rosenthal, and in times where I need guidance or reassurance I know I can reflect on the work done there and it will show me the right path.
Tales from Chippewa trails…
(Guest blogger and Camp Rosenthal Staff member)