“Is this dinner?”
Campers ask this question all the time at Camp Wyoming. The morning is so packed with activities, songs, movement, exploration, and learning that by the time a camper sits down for lunch, they feel like the day must be coming to a close. They have already done so much. How could there still be more to come?
And yet, the day is not over. They still have an afternoon filled with more activity, more exploration, and more fun. When they hear this, they instantly start to chatter and dream about what will be accomplished in the afternoon. What exciting things lie in store for them?
This is one of the most powerful things summer camp does for kids. Free from cell phones, televisions, errands, and to do lists, summer camp offers the chance for kids to enjoy being kids. It is the perfect environment to learn new skills, share stories, build confidence, and grow in faith. They are totally and completely engaged with the present moment, the here and now. There is no watching the clock. Time seems relative and fluid.
Days like this stand in stark contrast to much of life around us. While the news and political conversations center around what divides us, the environment at camp teaches kids to reach across the aisle, take a walk in another person’s shoes, and genuinely care for the people around them, no matter how different they might be. As technology and “screen time” abound, camp brings kids into an outdoor, physical environment that captures their imaginations and attention. As school curriculum focuses more and more on testing and sitting through lectures and lessons, camp allows kids to express themselves through movement and activity in ways they might not be able to otherwise.
This is why, after a morning filled with archery and kayaking and challenge course and arts & crafts, kids sit down at lunch and ask, “Is this dinner?” Here at Camp Wyoming, we are so honored to be able to help provide this experience for kids. We love watching them change from the time they come in on Sunday to when they go home on Friday. Summer camp is a gift and a chance to launch a child into a whole new world. It’s a chance to develop their faith, develop their character, and give them a memorable week that they will cherish for the rest of their life.
Does this sound like something you want for a child in your life? Don’t wait! Sign them up for summer camp.