I have been approached by many folks who are interested in learning more about LifeSeeds Summer Camp and/or simply attempting to better understand what makes it so special.
My first thought is always ‘the people,’ which includes the campers and counselors. In my opinion, it is always the people, and not the programs, that make anything special. LifeSeeds is certainly no exception. Each year, we are staffed with 30-35 people who seem to care much more about others than they do themselves. It’s a matter of fact, they spend their day making other people happy. The campers also seem to quickly understand that LifeSeeds is much bigger than any one person. As young as some of the campers are, they seem to somehow grasp the concept that LifeSeeds is a big family, and that we are all here for and with one another. The sports, games, activities, prizes, and entertainment are all awesome, but the relationships and yes, the love, that develops and exists at LifeSeeds are what defines the camp and makes it so special!
In planning for camp each year, I am unfortunately surrounded by reminders of the broken world in which we all live. I am also inspired to make it better and stronger each year- so that our kids (counselors and campers) are surrounded and inundated with positive and hopeful messages. Not false hope, mind you, but experiences that inspire children to think differently and positively. Our kids get so much information from so many sources, and much of it is negative and detrimental. This makes our ‘job’ at LifeSeeds that much more significant. In a world that is so scary, unpredictable, and often dark, we provide a safe, structured experience where kids can live, laugh, play, compete, and learn!
They learn the fundamentals of their respective sports, they compete, they learn to accept outcomes and overcome challenges, and they are better for it.
Through a variety of experiences, our campers are taught and expected to live in a respectful, responsible manner. Our hope and belief is that if we can instill such a way of thinking and feeling into the minds and hearts of our campers, that they will take it with them and spread it wherever they go!
~ Dave Burton, LifeSeeds Camp Director