A friendly atmosphere throughout camp sets the tone for
group therapy to flourish. Maintenance staff, secretaries, cooks, and
administrators - all are as vital to camp spirit as the counseling staff. A
cooperative team approach gives girls a chance to relax – they learn that they
don’t need to impress anyone. Everyone they meet at camp is already on their
The heartbeat of camp can be heard most strongly around the
dining hall fireplace. As groups eat and sing together, they develop a sense of
community and camp spirit. Group identity is expressed, not in destructive
competition, but in the cohesive sharing of themselves, their goals, and their
discoveries. Laughter, friendliness, and happy singing blend into what one
psychiatrist called “inspirational therapy.” Good healthy food is a priority as well.
How does a girl become a whole person? The camp stresses
physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual growth within a Christian
Twice a week all the groups meet in the outdoor chapel under
the trees for a time of sharing and encouragement. In their own language,
campers and chiefs tell of the deeper spiritual insights that have become real
through their experiences of the week. Many discover that peace with one’s
Creator is basic to personal fulfillment.
Every night in the “pow-wow” the group gathers around a
friendly fire to talk over the day. Questions of personal growth, today’s
successes and tomorrow’s plans are discussed. Out of this common fund of shared
experience grows the warm group spirit that fosters real change.
Most members of the camp staff are referred to as “chief,”
including the two group counselors a girl gets to know most closely. “Chief is a friend no matter what!” However
unfriendly the camper, a chief remains her dependable friend and helper. This
person cares enough to invest deeply – dares enough to accept her own need for
personal change and growth in order to help a girl overcome.