OK, so here we go with the very first ALC Blog!!! My intention was to write this blog about the importance or power of connection and I will get to that . . . some one of these blogs. But in case you did not know this about me, I do my best thinking in the shower, have ever since I had infants in the car seat just outside the shower while I was inside – thinking, the only time sort of, by myself. Today, my thought in the shower went to the concept of It Takes a Village to Raise a Child and for some reason, I cannot shake that thought since it seems to be the core of ALC.
Let’s think of history that the Penny Candy Store owner (of eons ago – remember those 1950’s movies?) took pride knowing all the neighborhood children, their parents, maybe their grandparents AND because of this could lovingly speak to each child and help them to learn whatever came their way in the candy store – manners, taking their turn, being polite, making healthy choices by not buying $10. worth of candy for one sitting (that was a lot of $$ then), saying ‘thank you’ when passed the candy bag and realizing that there was another adult in their lives who cared enough about them to speak up or maybe even call or talk with their parents if behavior needed some ‘re-arranging’!
Ahhhh haaaaa, you say, the connection — Well, shall I say that in a very short paragraph I have described part of what happens in camp. The multi-generational dimension of giving to campers AND as adults, receiving from them as well – goodwill, honesty, warmth, caring (but no penny candy) and connection to families. THE VILLAGE is that community where connection matters to us as parents, knowing that others with similar values, respect and love for our children will help us to raise productive, responsible and level-headed young (or older) adults – our children!
Now before we equate camp, specifically ALC, to the 1950’s, I would like to add that ALC has stayed current here in the millenium, but some things about human nature may remain constant even since the 50ies. We, all of us, still need people in our lives who like to have fun with us, to laugh with us, to care about us, to think that we are awesome. We need people who are willing to challenge us about decisions we might make, about the way we might be treating others, about the relationships we create, about our health and about our contributions as citizens. WOW, there was certainly some real value inside that Penny Candy Store – my parents must have been thrilled to drop me off, especially me since I really needed some ‘re-arranging’ at times in my life OR as we say in camp, I really needed to be ‘invited to make another choice’ with my behavior!
Are you willing to acknowledge the importance of The Village, trust in the concept and run with it? We are and that is our commitment to our active future – our children and young adults– the ALC Community!!!