Voices of IAAB: A Day at Javan

A day at Camp Javan can be many different things, but it’s always filled with energetic and thought-provoking activities. Listen to counselor Doreen walk us through some of the day’s events, focusing on morning meditations and a biopoem activity.

Morning meditations follow a meditation program developed by HeadSpace that combines techniques from both calming and insight meditation. While most types of meditation were originally part of various spiritual disciplines, Headspace uses them in a non-religious way. Daily morning meditations help campers develop their emotion-regulation skills to deal with stress in their lives.

Earlier in the week, a number of activities introduced campers to the term identity and encouraged them to think about the factors that shape their own identity.  The biopoem lesson included activities to deepen and broaden campers’ ideas about identity.

A biopoem is an 11-line poem that describes a person and includes:

  • At least seven adjectives that you would use to describe yourself;
  • Three important relationships in your life;
  • Five things you love;
  • Five memories you have and descriptions of how you felt at those times;
  • Five of your fears;
  • Three accomplishments; and
  • Five wishes or hopes.

Campers shared their poems in counselor groups and discussed their commonalities and differences, and to what extent these related to their cultural heritage.

Check out the audio above!

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