Last week I officially ended my summer position working as a Unit Leader at Camp Walt Whitman located in the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire. The past couple weeks my responsibilities required me to lead middle school aged children in a variety of activities including sports, swimming, hiking, arts and teambuilding exercises. My experiences have only reinforced my aspirations to go into the Youth Development industry after I graduate with my masters from NC State.
For the past five years I have witnessed how a single camp can positively influence the lives of children. My various positions held at Whitman have allowed me to see the multiple effects on children when it comes to living a healthier and more confident lifestyle. By the end of this summer, my unit which included over 30 girls and 12 staff members, walked away a united front ready to take on the year outside the boundaries of Piermont, New Hampshire. My girls hiked 5 different mountain ranges, slept under the stars, played in a soccer tournament, learned how to waterski, and put on a fabulous production of Peter Pan! Seeing all the friendships grow over the summer left me feeling completely satisfied of the work I have accomplished.
It is important for our departments to continue to promote youth programs, such as summer/day camps, to the families in our community. The American Camp Association has found that camp can encourage new friendships during the year, help raise their confidence, and motivate them to try new activities. Youth programs enhance children’s lives in a healthy and positive manner year-round. For more information on youth camp ideas then please visit our Wellness Activities in Camp Programs page.
If you have youth programs in your community that have been successful, then please share by submitting or emailing your ideas on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)