I’m going to go on a little rant here. In the past week I got 2 separate emails asking me for information. One was for staff training ideas and the other was for programming ideas. I spent the time to answer both of their requests with very detailed information. In return I got NO email saying thank you. I was ignored completely. Really?! Is it that hard to say thank you?!
Then I got to thinking about the kids that come to camp and have no manners at all. “Please” and “Thank You” don’t seem to be in their vocabulary. I tell my staff that it’s part of our job to correct this behavior while these kids are at our camp, and that we should be examples of what it means to show respect to others by using those words ourselves. After all, isn’t that the kind of culture we strive for at camp, one that promotes respect – respect for ourselves, others, nature, animals, equipment, etc?
I know many of you share my views on this. I’m also painfully aware that some camp professionals don’t feel it’s necessary to be polite, civilized. They have a sense of entitlement like many of the kids that come to our camps. Yet these are the same people who feel slighted when they do something for someone else and get no recognition for it. I’m saddened by these two women (men are just as bad) who I went out of my way for. I’m saddened that they are working with our youth. Worse yet, these two aren’t the first. This has happened to me multiple times. Most of my readers are not that way and are very cool and appreciative – but there’s always a few that try to ruin it for everyone else.
Let’s be better than that. Let’s walk the talk, treat others as we want to be treated. Teach your staff, and in turn the campers, that they’ll get further ahead by being polite, respectful and thankful – plus it’s just the right thing to do. Most of you are aware that the campers see everything the adults are doing at camp and emulate it at home. Let’s make sure the actions they mirror are positive ones.