Not that we weren’t already excited about Camp Caritas, but after our visit with our site director Alexa yesterday I think we’re all REALLY excited about next week (yes, teacher included).
One of the most important ideas that Alexa shared with us yesterday was this: students should come to Caritas with an open mind, because you get out of it what you put into it. Caritas is an amazing experience, but it can be even more amazing if you are willing to try new things and make new friends.
Another important idea that she shared with the kids is that everything we do at camp has a deeper meaning that will have students thinking about who they are as individuals and how they fit into their community. I loved it when she told them, “You are much more powerful than you could ever imagine!” So very true.
At one point during our time together she asked the kids to rearrange the furniture in the classroom so that they could sit on the floor in one big circle. But she didn’t just ask them to move their desks. Her instructions went like this:
- move all of the furniture to the sides of the classroom;
- give affirmations to three different classmates;
- hug your teacher.
While I have several snarky comments running through my brain about that last instruction, I have to tell you it was the best part of my day! No question. You see, Caritas doesn’t just bring the kids closer together. It brings the entire seventh grade community closer together. Teacher included.
I love that!
My next post will be full of last minute reminders and one last weather report, but in case you’re wondering, here’s the latest forecast: