During our Brain Break today, I was playing “Would You Rather” with a few campers. I pulled a card from the deck and read out loud, “would you rather always lose your balance or get lost once everyday?” To my surprise, without hesitation one camper chimed in, stating that she would rather get lost everyday because, “there are so many things you can find when you’re lost.” At first, I let that statement go in one ear and out the other, but then I took a step back and realized how profound and accurate it is. Feeling lost, out of place, like you don’t belong, is an incredibly vulnerable state to be in. However, when that confusion and insecurity pushes you further outside of your comfort zone, forcing you to try new things, you might find yourself along the way.
Finding the right overnight camp can be a challenging trial-and-error process. With so many options out there, finding the community where you don’t feel lost, but rather at home, can take multiple attempts at different camps. From what I have seen this summer, this holds true for a lot of kids in our program. However, I have also found that Camp Inc. seems to be that safe haven that many of our campers have been searching for summer after summer. It is a place where they don’t have to be the best athlete, or the most “popular” kid, but rather can be themselves. They can pursue their unique interests through entrepreneurship, and discover new passions along the way. Our community celebrates the fact that we all bring different strengths to the table, which allows us to constantly be learning from one another.
Tonight, the Apprentices will be leading a Shabbat service revolving around the theme of community. Many of them will be sharing personal accounts of what community means to them, and what sets our camp apart from other communities they’ve been apart of, in the past or at home. As we enter into our last week of camp, we should remember to be grateful for having “found” ourselves in this special place all together.