Published on December 8, 2014
camp wise news | fall 2014 2 around the cam pfre with Sean As adults, when we are given a choice o which task to complete rst, it allows us to eel more committed to that choice. Both our attention span and our desire to complete that task are greater. This same phenomenon occurs at camp. The opportunity or campers to make their own choices at camp oers them the opportunity to grow cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Campers become more committed to their tasks and strive to be successul. When choices are available, within realistic limits, we are allowing campers a chance to practice and learn the skills o independence, responsibility, and problem solving. At camp we oer the support, time, and the infuence o positive sta members to help them begin to master these skills. We rmly believe that the opportunity to make choices at camp helps campers develop a stronger sense o sel. In Noar our campers want to have a say in determining their daily activities. By giving them choices within the Sadnat program or allowing them to participate in multiple choesh activities, we are allowing them to have power over their daily activities. I we give them these choices and they eel in control o their daily lie, they won’t have the need to break rules or use that power to negatively impact the program and other campers. When we respect their opinions and choices, we nd that the campers begin to respect others’ as well. It’s important or campers to understand that the decisions they make during the summer can come with consequences. Some choices will benet the camper, while others will be seen as mistakes. By having our sta members work through those choices with the campers they begin to see that even when they make a poor decision, they have the opportunity to understand it, rethink it, and make a dierent choice the next time. We see this happen a lot at night with our Solel campers. They tend to think that they have the ability to stay up late and don’t realize that it might aect their energy the next day. I you’ve ever seen the ace o a Solel camper at breakast then you know what I’m talking about. With our younger campers in Chalutzim, we oer choice to help promote creativity and to encourage them to start thinking or themselves. This is most apparent in the bedtime rituals that their cabins create. This is the time o the day that young campers oten need to be reminded to brush their teeth, shower, and get into pj’s. By allowing them to create their own rituals which could include telling stories o the day or singing songs, they have started down the path o independence at camp. By oering choices to our campers we are allowing them to make meaningul choices within the walls o what is acceptable at camp. Our sta members still have the ability to limit choices in the best interest o our campers and can help them make a dicult choice. Campers are leaving Wise with necessary lie skills that they can use at home and at school with their riends and amily. Sean Morgan The Power of Choice Our fearless leader, Sean Morgan sharing the “Morning Sports Report” Solel girls show off their patriotic spirit on July 4th Solel Solel, so what? So what i your leader looked like a Chalutzim camper…you still had an amazing time! First session you got to blow glass in Toledo, eat chocolate at Hershey Park, and paddle down the New River as country roads took you to West Virginia! Second session you took a trip to Niagara Falls, and went down to West Summer program highlights, continued from page 1 Virginia or some mud, some rating, and a whole lot o un! Everyone spent some time chillin’ on the deck, ostering old riendships, and making new riendships that will last or years to come. You took ull advantage o the opportunities you had this summer—and made the summer a memory that will last a lietime.