Laura and I embarked on our journey searching or the perfect camp almost 2 years ago. We knew we had a lot to learn but had no idea how little we knew. Each camp brought us fresh perspectives and forced us to question what we had always known to be true. This has not changed. As we continue our search for great teachings and thoughts about camp and youth development every day we learn something new and argue about past perceptions.
What makes this so interesting is there is no right answer or perfect camp. The thought leaders in youth development, motivation, business, and psychology don’t always agree. The more we read Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, Alfie Kohn, Paul Tough, Stuart Brown, Seth Godin, or Jim Collins the more we find disagreement. The same is true of great camp thinkers and great camps.
The more you know, the more you realize you know nothing.
What we have come to love and search for is not the perfect camp, but great ideas. Camp people, that believe that camps change lives and want the best for kids, passionately articulating the value of competition at camp, progressive programming, running only summer programming, or any idea that they believe makes camp better.
We hope to find more of these ideas, from more passionate people and share different perspectives to help make better informed opinions. We would love to hear your passion.
Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.