The most meaningful places are not destinations but the spaces between people.
"Between spaces" are the connection between us all where relationships live and grow. These spaces are large, open, expanding and their content is completely up to those who share them. They are places where memories are made and saved; the places where impact and influence continue to thrive long after the face-to-face time has ended. No matter what geography or time tell us about these "between spaces", they are untouched as our hearts stay true to the people we form them with.
This is the beauty of Tulahead friendships. The spaces between people are formed in a place that values connection above all else, and that value is imprinted on our hearts and lives forever.
Where are we at with our "between spaces"? Perhaps some spaces need dusting off and polishing up. Maybe some spaces need cleaning or repair. Others might be alive and thriving and able to give life to others as we share them.
We can all harness the power of connection that exists in the spaces between each other for the greatest good as we decide to. Today your day. Now is your time.
Soon this Camp will be filled with happy kids and teens, school groups, adults and families - all enjoying life, growing relationships, discovering something new! This is the power of vision - it takes us to places of possibility and fuels our sense of purpose and meaning. Take time today to envision what is coming down the road for you. Then take the next step toward that vision! Perhaps it will include Camp Tulahead!
How did our kids feel about their week at Camp Tulahead? I bet we would get all kinds of answers - most of them excited, many of them tired, and all of them insightful. Now research tells us what is behind those answers.
A 2010 study of the impact of Summer Camp on Campers was conducted by Troy Glover and his team at the University of Waterloo’s Healthy Communities Research Network involved more than 1200 campers between the ages of 3 and 18 from across Canada. The results are conclusive and they are positive! Summer camp, according to the study, fosters emotional intelligence (or EQ), self-confidence, independence, healthy living, environmental awareness, leadership and other skills that prove beneficial long into adulthood.
It was clearly found that camp provides a safe environment for children and teens to freely learn, grow and develop their capabilities in the areas of 5 essential life skills which are transferrable to every area of life from home, to school, to social groups, sports groups, arts clubs, and of course into adulthood. These 5 life skills are what every person wants to have on their resume but more importantly, within themselves.
These life skills are: Teamwork, Resilience, Decision-making, Exploration, Self-discovery.
Are you a staff member or volunteer wondering if you have made an impact on your campers?
Are you a parent wondering about whether your child can handle a week of summer camp?
Are you a parent or donor wanting to know the value for the Camp fee that you pay?
These 5 life skills are the answer - immeasureable value for your investment. As Research Director, Troy Glover states, "The major changes in [campers'] growth speaks tremendously of the summer camp experience".
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