Written by Audrey Monke of Gold Arrow Camp
While friendship is always an integral part of camp and one of our big goals, we are encouraging our campers to be intentional about being good friends to each other and observant about what they appreciate about their friends.
Some of the questions we ask campers to think and talk about are:
What are the qualities of a good friend?
How can I be a better friend?
Who is being a good friend to me and how can I express my appreciation for them?
Some of the specific skills our counselors will be looking for and helping develop in campers are:
- Listening Skills: The ability to listen with interest to a friend’s stories, jokes, and comments.
- Empathy: The ability to understand how your friend feels in a given situation, and express comforting and encouraging thoughts.
Sharing: The willingness to share time and possessions with others.
Admit Wrongs/Offer Forgiveness: The ability to admit when you’re wrong and ask for forgiveness, as well as the ability to forgive others when they’ve done something wrong.
- Flexibility: Sometimes being a good friend means doing the activity or event that your friend wants to do even if you have another preference. And, in turn, your friend’s willingness to try your preference the next time, shows that they are being a good friend, too!
Our goal, of course, is to encourage our campers to be better friends to each other and to their friends at home!
Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. ~Francesco Guicciardini