The word “camp” seems to be one that is thrown around a fair bit in reference to a variety of different things. Looking through the newspaper recently I’ve seen many events that claim to be a “camp” for children… but what exactly does that mean? Is a camp simply any place or event that will take your kids off your hands when they aren’t at school?
Of course we can start with the dictionary definitions:
noun: a place where an army or other group of persons or an individual is lodged in a tent or tents or other temporary means of shelter.
verb: to establish or pitch a camp: The army camped in the valley.
verb: Also, camp it up. to speak or behave in a coquettishly playful or extravagantly theatrical manner.
Not really quite right… except maybe for the “theatrical manner” part. 🙂 If we look up specififically “summer camp” in the dictionary we do a little better:
noun: a camp, especially one for children during the summer, providing facilities for sleeping and eating, and usually for handicrafts, sports, etc.
“Community living in a place and time set apart”“An authentic community leveraging intentional relationships to create hands on learning opportunities.” (LOVE THIS ONE!)“An inclusive environment where kids and leaders play, learn and lead together.”
- A unique community, engineered specifically for the needs of children
- An emotional bond, created through shared experiences
- Best created through long-term connections between staff and camper
- A place where both campers and staff are challenged to grow and expand their skills and confidence
- More than the sum of its parts… an energy and feeling that cannot be duplicated on paper.
What is your definition?