Monday, June 21, 2010

Important Life Lessons at Summer Camp

Today I sat in on some of the enrichment classes for the 8-9 and 10-12 year olds in camp. Each Monday afternoon the boys and girls are split up and each of the four groups gets a lesson tailored just for them. The 8-9 year old boys were talking about TRUST with the Amend Program. When I stopped in to the Amend 10-12 year old boys' room they were telling stories of revenge. One young man talked about soaking his sister in the shower with a milk, chocolate syrup, hot sauce combo. It was agreed that it was a serious waste of food. Aside from this laugh, the boys talked about ways to react in difficult situations.

The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is all about promoting girl power and raising self esteem. The 8-9 year old girls were talking about leadership and discovery,  playing a follow the leader game with chiefs and detectives. The 10-12 year olds were building a 'compliment pyramid,' focusing on the qualities that make them good from the inside, rather than the outside. They focused on being a good friend, rather than the nice shoes one girl was wearing. 

All were important lessons for children who are extremely impressionable, and sometimes lacking good role models in their everyday life. Good reminders for me too ;)

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