Thinking about What if instead of filling their heads we grabbed their hearts 60-60-60 #17 and reflecting…
Ross Peters’ most recent post, How Summer Camp Should Inform School, is a beautiful unplanned “riff” on this 17th 60-60-60 post. It’s a piece that will serve as my contribution today. Take the time to read the full post, even though the final paragraph is referenced below.
It has long been a guiding thought for me that the best of summer camp should inform schools. The best of summer camp includes: flexibility in scheduling—a willingness to break the routine when good learning and fun benefits from it, ample chances to laugh with others, myriad chances to try something new, time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, time to take care of the shared environment of the camp community (such communities don’t wait for someone else to clean up behind them). Most importantly, the best of summer camp includes the space—literally and figuratively—for young people to become both more independent and more empathetic. At a good camp one finds not only that there are things greater than oneself, but that one is a vital part of those greater things.
The best schools create an environment that allows for the same discovery.
I love the hope for our schools found in his concluding sentence: At a good *school* one finds not only that there are things greater than oneself, but that one is a vital part of those greater things.