Camp Friends Are Life-Long Friends

Justin Bennett August 3, 2023

One of the most meaningful aspects of camp is the profound sense of camaraderie and friendship that flourishes on these grounds. 

Throughout the session, campers step out of their comfort zones and take on new challenges, pushing their boundaries and achieving personal milestones. 

They do so with the unwavering support of their cabinmates and friends, creating a unique and deep connection that has the foundation to last a lifetime.

I had the chance to sit down with one of the campers and ask him about the difference between his camp friends and his friends back home. His response was eye-opening. He shared that at Camp Rockmont, he didn’t feel any social pressures, and he had the space to truly be himself. Because of this, he felt that his camp friends knew him for who he truly was, not the version he might portray outside of camp. 

It was as if his camp friends had known him for years, even though some had only known him for a few weeks. 

This revelation speaks volumes about the authenticity and depth of the connections formed at Camp Rockmont.

Here at Rockmont, we encourage campers to be the most genuine versions of themselves. Back home, they might feel the need to fit in with a certain group or try to act like someone they’re not, but camp provides a unique opportunity to leave all of that behind and embrace their true colors. The camp environment fosters a culture of support, where campers are encouraged to be seen and heard for who they are without judgment.

It’s pretty incredible to see the ways campers step up to support their friends. One of my favorite stories of genuine friendship from this summer is when half of cabin 44 got nominated for the rank of Paladin. One of the challenges they faced was 24 hours of silence. The rest of the cabin was free to talk as they pleased, but instead, they chose to support their friends by joining them in silence. 

A rising tide lifts all boats, and this is a prime example of that saying. 

As the end of the summer approaches, I reflect on how beautiful it has been to see the campers embrace their true selves and develop lifelong friendships. As the staff and campers bid farewell to this incredible summer, my hope is that they carry with them the power of authenticity, friendship, and support

Every camper fortunate enough to call it home knows that Camp Rockmont is not just a place but a way of life that values seeing, hearing, and celebrating people for who they truly are.

 

Justin Bennett

Program Director

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