Buildings, programs, and adventure…oh my! The summer of 2013 brought more adventure and excitement. Read all about it below!
Did You Know…?
The Riverstone and Driftwood cabins opened their doors for the first time. This new girl’s cabin area was dubbed The Cove!
The Mountaineers celebrated their first full summer at camp!
Our Lead Climber program continued to grow as we added a trip during the B sessions to the beach and Port Aransas.
Our Adventurer campers had special privileges added to their schedule! Our eighth grade campers hike out to the Chism House, Rattlesnake or any of our campsites for their own special campout. We created a special class for just our ninth grade campers called Adventure 201 which includes hikes, playing paintball, swimming at the river, and more!
We launched the final stage in our full-circle leadership progression with our CIT program.
For more than 20 years, the Search Institute has
been researching and identifying what it takes to help kids succeed. They have
developed a framework of 40 external and internal developmental assets that
“identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that
enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults”. We
incorporate these assets throughout our programming and train our counselors
extensively on the benefits of assets and how to use them in activities, cabins
and around camp. Each month, we will be highlighting one of these assets and
how you can instill these assets at home with your camper. This month’s asset is
#8 Youth As Resources.
There’s a reason we’re still quoting Aristotle thousands of
years later; he knew what he was talking about! Helping youth form good habits
at an early age was obvious in 340 BC and is obvious now…what’s a better habit
than being useful and helpful to those around you?
Research from the Search Institute shows when young people
have useful roles in their community they feel good about themselves and their
future, do better in school, and get into less trouble. Only 26 percent of
young people, ages 11-18, report that they’ve been given useful roles in their
community. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard and appreciated.
Kids are a huge resource to the camp community. First of
all, we couldn’t have camp without them! Secondly, every camper has a role every
day. Whether it’s during cabin clean-up, community service or crew events, all campers
are important to daily life at Lonehollow. Our campers and counselors bring new
ideas for activities, theme nights and games every summer. They make camp the
special place it is.
Campers are also a resource for each other. By applying to
be a member of the Trailblazers, Lonehollow’s community service organization,
or to be a Maverick, a camper leader within their crew, they have the
opportunity to make camp awesome for each other and make sure everyone’s voice
is heard. Then, there are the unofficial ways they can be a resource. They can demonstrate
a skill in class, help another camper finish a qualification level, or be a mentor
to other campers. Some of the best advice for overcoming homesickness we’ve
heard has come from an older camper helping a younger camper work through their
Help your child be a resource to your community by giving
them useful roles in events and projects. Children will learn by watching you
in action, but will learn even more if they are given a meaningful task to
complete. Ask for their opinion or advice in decisions that affect their lives.
Encourage them to mentor their peers by listening to them and helping them work
through their challenges. Evoke their talents, skills, and interests by finding
topics that grab their attention in the news and brainstorm ways to get
involved with groups or organizations to use their voice in a positive way.
Let’s work together to build our kids up to be resources to
their community. Like Aristotle said, building these good habits while they’re
young makes all the difference!