The biggest impact that CCA had on me was teaching me confidence in myself and support for others. As a girl who was never very popular in school, I always felt like I could go to camp and be myself and not worry that I “wouldn’t fit in” because everybody fits in at camp. The experience taught me to be true to myself and my beliefs and to not feel bad for it. That’s something I have carried with me until today and remind myself of on a daily basis.
As for support for others, all of the activities we did at camp were team or group activities – even when it was an individual sport like archery or riflery. You rooted for the girls next to you to succeed, your shared in that success back in your cabin or tent and your supported each other when things didn’t work out. It was a summer family that you always feel connected to, even if you haven’t seen them in years. When I went back for the 40th Anniversary weekend, I spent time with women that I only knew in passing as girls and it was like finding a new best friend. The team spirit and support has also carried through until today. I use it everyday at work as a professional, even when sometimes people think I’m too much of a “cheerleader”. I find that mentoring my employees works far better than managing them – all skills I learned back when I was helping out a drama class as a CILT or singing in the kitchen as a K.A.
I also still sing all of the time.🙂
Lynne E. Schreur