Camp influences us in many ways. In a recent article, Deirdre Pettinga, of the American Camp Association, reflects on what an impact sending her kids to camp had not only on them and herself, but on others in her community.
She shares an interaction she had with another mother after her son returned to school from camp,
"[She] asked me what was different about my son. What had I done? Or what had he done over the summer? When I asked her what she meant, she explained that even though she only knew him by watching him on the playground after school for a half-hour or so each day -- standing around with other moms doing the same thing before heading home -- she could see tremendous maturity, leadership, and sense of fairness in the way he was interacting with other kids."
How has camp influenced the life of your children? How has it influenced you?