This morning we warmed up the day with an improv game that involved 1-3 participants standing in the circle, tapping each other out and doing silly actions. We debriefed the activity by talking about the connection between what we just did and our theme of the day, risk.
Today was our last day in our interest groups. Campers got to finish their hand-sewn pillows, paint their woodworking projects, and shoot their last bow at the archery range. At noon, we finally go to go on our much anticipated hike. After heading out from camp, the group hiked up to the top of a mountain that looks over not only the camp’s waterfront, where they got to look down at the place where they had been swimming and boating all week, but it also let them look out for miles to see the ring of mountains surrounding camp and even Lake Winnipesaukee, the third largest lake in New Hampshire. Little did they know, though, that the hike would be a “privilege hike,” and that the hike would include an activity that challenged them to think about what privileges they have in life, what disadvantages they might have, and what they risk by sharing those facets of their lives with others or keeping those things hidden.
While campers weren’t asked to share what privileges and disadvantages they identified for themselves, they had plenty of opportunity to think about what those things mean to them throughout the day. As we closed our day around a campfire on the beautiful camp waterfront eating s’mores, campers got to throw into the fire the identities that they felt were weighing them down, either choosing to let go of the burden that disadvantage represented, or the burden of keeping it hidden from others. Following our more serious conversation, we rewarded the campers with s’mores and even got to watch some surprise fireworks across the lake. It was a beautiful end to a challenging but rewarding day.