I am fortunate to teach a two-week long theater day-camp every summer for 9 to 13 year olds. It’s a popular camp with many returning campers. We teach the kids how to create original characters, how to create original scenes, how to create original theater.
We also teach so much more…
At the end of each day we have a closing ceremony. Standing in a circle, each person shares something about their experience, based on what-ever prompt we give: how we feel, what we discovered about ourselves, what the best part of the weekend was, etc….
On the final day of camp, I often ask everyone (campers and teachers alike) to think about something new they discovered about themselves during the two weeks of Camp. Sometimes the things they say are great advertising for camp: Camp was AWESOME! There is the occasional teacher adoration: Mr. Kyle is AWESOME!; and the occasional tip-of-the-hat to something learned during the two weeks: Shakespeare is AWESOME.
And then there is, every so often, something spoken by a young person of age 10 or 11 that speaks a truth we all need to hear:
Life really only begins when you are willing to step out of your comfort zone.
Thank you Angelica. You are right. It’s good to be reminded.