25 July, 2008
The realization is setting in that this is indeed our last day together at camp. We even had to say goodbye to one camper that left a day early. However, at breakfast, conversations were overheard concerning making the most of the last day and make it the best yet. What a great mentality to have!
Starting the day off in a positive manner was a reflection of on first impressions of camp and campers. This is an important introspective activity designed to analyze their default instincts, stereotyping and prejudices they may have. The campers then wrote a letter to themselves about their learning and memories of LTC. What an opportunity to receive this in a few months from now.
After lunch at the hotel, we participated in our final group reflections and evaluating our own goals for camp. The groups then presented their thoughts to the camp. Then it was off to pack and the final time spent in the village.
In the evening, we had a closing ceremony and had a final disco. It was a mixture of emotions. Many campers were both happy to be having fun with their friends but also sad to know they will be leaving tomorrow. We learned a great deal over the past two weeks about ourselves, our new friends and the necessary steps and skills it takes to become a leader. Hopefully we will see each other again!
24 July, 2008
The campers then had the chance to shower and get ready for the beach. A quick lunch followed then it was off to Le Bouveret to take advantage of the warm weather. Campers were able to take in the magnificent scenery while exploring the park and taking a dip in Lake Geneva.
Then in the evening we had an interesting exercise called Red/Blue. This is an activity that requires many different aspects of leadership. Teamwork, planning, goal setting, communication and problem solving were just a few. The solution to this game of negotiation is not straight forward and difficult to achieve the campers realized. However, the learning that took place was inspiring.