Welcome back — Session B of Camp Ayandeh and Camp Javan has begun in sunny southern California! Campers from all over the US and Canada have arrived and are ready for a week of fun, friendship, and intellectual engagement.
We spent the first days introducing campers to the camp spirit though ice-breaker games, spontaneous dance parties, and community agreements. Community agreements are a central part of camp’s structure, where campers discuss in small groups the type of culture they would like to set for the program. In their counselor groups, they agree on what types of behaviors, attitudes, and conversations will be encouraged at camp, and which ones we will work together to minimize. This consensus-based approach always ensures that campers participate in shaping the camp community based on their needs in a given year.
Click the audio file above to hear two of our returning campers discuss why they love camp and what they are looking forward to this year!