Stand Firm Testimonial: Ripple
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous;
be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
Our theme for this summer is "Stand Firm". For the next few weeks leading up to the summer, our awesome staff are going to tell you what "Stand Firm" means to them.
First up, is Ripple!
My main goal is to make each of my campers feel special in their own way. Something I firmly believe is we all deserve to feel special, and should all be treated equally. I love making people happy and helping them feel better.
Some ways of making my campers feel special that I've done and thought of are night swims, special dinners, camper led camp fires on Sleep out night, before bed activities (nail painting, facials, card games, storytelling, etc.)
Being at camp not only made me physically and emotionally stronger, it also made me for the first time in my life 100°/o sure what I want to with my life when I'm done school. I want to work with kids, I've always had a passion for kids but I never fully pictured me working in a career with them.
That is, not until I noticed how much joy working with kids brought me at camp. I know now that I want to be a teacher and I "stand firm" in that belief. I feel like it's what God has called me to do.
To me, when I read the verse, 1 Corinthians 16:13. I think about how strong I need to be in the position of counsellor. Not only do I need to be strong for myself, but also for my campers and fellow staff. I know I can't seem weak in front of my campers because they look up to me and if I act weak, they will too. When I hear the words "stand firm" it reminds me that no matter how bad Lisa is feeling, Ripple is at a 10. If I firmly believe I am fine, I will be fine. I have to stay strong for my campers and insure that they have the best camp experience as possible. "Stand firm" also means that when I notice a camper feeling blue, don't rest unless the problem is solved. Example: last summer I stayed up with a camper for an hour when she woke up and was crying because she missed home. We spent the hour chatting about the constellations and things she liked and disliked until she was calm enough to go to sleep again. I'm prepared to do that as many times as needed this summer. My main concern is making sure every camper feels safe and welcome.
"Stand firm" also means to me that I need to seem strong even when I'm not. Last summer on lmmersive Night, I was not feeling good at all but I put my problems aside and cheered up two campers that I noticed sitting in a corner crying. I sat with them and just listened to them talk about whatever they wanted. It wasn't long before they forgot what had been bothering them. One of them stood up and said, "thanks Ripple, we feel much better now and are going to join in the fun now." that made my entire night.
It also made me realize that I can be strong even when I feel like the complete opposite. I've learned so much about myself at camp. I have the ability to seem and eventually feel strong when I thought I wasn't, I can push through pain a lot more than I ever thought possible. I can't count the amount of times I hurt myself at camp, whether it was falling off the ramp at the med station or tripping during a game, or just not feeling well. Camp made me push through it and now I can handle more pain than before.