Every day our daughter would come home really happy and fulfilled with stories about what she had done and how much fun the whole experience was. The “warm and fuzzies” gave a seal of approval to good behavior, being kind and sociable to your groupmates, or if you had personally challenged yourself and found a new strength within. This was all great stuff and exactly what we want our kids to take away from the camp experience – the unspoken curriculum – outside of all the marvelous activities they do.
Then when our eldest daughter, joined in the second 3 weeks of camp, making it her first year in the LEAD program, again you were able to offer her exactly what she needed – real leadership training and experience which she gained from working with younger members on the musical – a range of activities and settings, which personally challenged her, and all of which enabled her to learn new things about herself whilst working in a very supportive and creative environment. She was very grateful that her counsellors were so flexible, and thus enabled her to separate from the regular program at times, to spend more time with the musical production. Each of our girls bonded very well with her counselors, and found them particularly empathetic and skilled in listening, so that by the end of the summer, she felt that she had made new and strong friendships.