5 Lessons Camp Taught Me

 

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I have attended Agassiz Village (which is located in Poland, Maine) for the past nine years. I started off as a camper then moved up to staff in training then to an official counselor. Camp has an enormous impact on who I have become and I can’t imagine my life without Agassiz. Agassiz has taught me many different life lessons but here are five of the most important lessons.

image1.Be Confident.
This is one lesson that everyone needs to learn at some point in their life. Camp brings out everyone’s true self. All of the friends I have made and all the campers I have worked with have taught me to love myself and to see myself in a better light. Without them, I was self conscious and looked down upon myself.

image2.It’s OK to Depend on People.
You can’t go through life alone. You especially can’t go through life alone while at camp. Camp will push you to your limits and there are days when you feel like you are not going to be able to make it to the end of the summer and that’s when your camp family jumps in. Whether it be them listening to you vent or them taking over your cabin for a moment, you learn how to be a part of a team and how to ask for help when you are in need.

image3. Embrace Crazy.
It is impossible to be “normal” at camp. You spend your days covered in paint, sparkles, and tutus while singing at the top of your lungs and you just have to embrace it. You forget how horrible your singing voice is or how horrible your dance moves are because in that moment you are trying to win Ugly Counselor night and nothing is more important to you. Nothing is more rewarding than the smiles that you put on the camper’s face when they see you acting crazy and you encourage them to also jump out of your comfort zone.

image4. Living without technology is possible.
You learn how to live in the moment. Our generation spends way too much time attached to phones, iPads, and computers that we forget to see the world around us. I can’t tell you how many times we have lost wifi due to thunder storms or how there are only two places on camp that you can really get a wifi connection but you get over it. I believe we are so close with each other because at camp, everyone is committed to conversations and not distracted with their cell phones.

image5. It is acceptable to cry.
This applies to both girls and boys. I don’t care what people have told you about crying in public but you need to. You can’t bottle everything in until you are alone. You need to let out how you are feeling to the people around you. I refused to cry in front over everyone for the first few weeks because I was scared of what people would think and what would people would say but when I finally broke down, I realized the amazing amount of support I was surrounded by. These people loved and cared about me and they wanted to be there. We can’t always be strong sometimes we have to be vulnerable and there’s nothing wrong with that.

One Response to 5 Lessons Camp Taught Me

  1. Sydney July 4, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Perfectly said, Camille! You’ve grown into a beautiful young lady inside and out. Agassiz is a special place and your contributions to camp will leave a mark forever.

    -Syd and Kyle

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