I love Green SuperCamp Australia because it is family.
The bonds that exist between the entire team at Green SuperCamp create a sense of safety and acceptance that is difficult to authentically find elsewhere. I love the opportunities to grow that camp facilitates for everybody who is involved. We operate with such intention to encourage and love the young people we work with. As campers enter the ‘on purpose’ environment we create for them at camp, I love bearing witness to the discoveries they are able to have within themselves. The big shifts that take place, such as the ‘This is It’ key talk, have such an impact on the entire camp and can lead to the campers holding each other accountable and encouraging each other to choose with a new awareness of mind.
I love seeing campers broaden their awareness around the choices they are in control of making for themselves. We see them and welcome them exactly how they choose to show up everyday, free of labels or preconceived ideas about who they are and where they are going. Knowing and valuing the choices that we all have at any given moment in life is so relevant to each of us. For me, there is such power in the small shifts, the little or subtle things that people learn about themselves, from shifting a paradigm to seeing some good, are so valuable. Watching young people shine in the special way that is uniquely theirs is simply beautiful. Seeing them acknowledge that goodness within themselves, and their peers makes me so excited! There is so much joy and play running through the heartbeat of GSCA. The positivity is infectious, and our upbeat sessions are balanced so well by the quieter, more reflective times.
I love that we, as staff, also reflect in our meetings every evening, and after camp has finished. By operating from a space of integrity and giving the best that we have to offer, we consciously invite campers to do the same. As campers are growing, so are we as both a team and as individuals. Team training is designed to allow the team to experience the ‘magic’ of camp and to develop an awareness around just how much role modelling and encouragement can impact our campers’ experience. Through this training, our staff are then able to hold space for the campers to have their experience of camp and to be completely present in doing so. I love the GSCA team!
I love the way that we are gifted the chance to share opportunities with young people to make the education system work for them. It is no secret that the current system is not ideal for everyone, but I am confident that the skills and knowledge that we impart to our campers is transferable to the environment that they return home to. I love sharing as much as I can with campers about the way that our brains work, and how we can work and learn so much more effectively by taking this knowledge into account. I love the completely interactive structure of our academic sessions, and the focus that we constantly place on taking new skills home with us through discussions on what a given strategy could look like at home. I love that we encourage creativity, and for people to be inquisitive and ask as many questions as they can. The young people we work with have such a strong love and passion for learning- even when they don’t even see it within themselves. I love that campers can continue to connect in with the program and community online, where they can reach out and ask questions or just check in. I love knowing that after camp is finished, there are infinite personal discoveries waiting for young people to have at home and that we have planted so many seeds in their minds and hearts that are just waiting to grow!