Even though summer camp is over 150 years old it really hasn’t changed that much. It began when some individuals took kids to a remote location to separate them from the hustle and bustle of the world, and today, we are still removing kids from the hustle and bustle (more like removing them from their video games, iphones and such).
Anyway, even though much is still similar (the magic of camp is a couple of counselors and a small group of campers) there are areas that we can begin to re-think. Just because we’ve always done something one way doesn’t mean we should continue it that way. I think of businesses today that have changed the way I think.
Apple - made me think differently about the personal computer, the portable music player and the telephone.
was there life before this device?
Zappos - made me think differently about shoe buying.
Starbucks - made me think differently about how I consumed coffee (it should be social) and how much I am willing to pay for good coffee.
I think differently about a lot of things and I think it is time we start thinking differently about camp. Here are some things that I believe we should look at differently:
We are living in an amazing time when we can share ideas and learn from people around the world. What are you doing to re:think or re:imagine what camp can be? Does camp have to happen at your camp site? Can camp happen in a school classroom or a hospital room? Think Different and maybe you can change the world.