Happy Summer Solstice, Friends!
By Green River Preserve
One of my favorite aspects of camp life that keeps me coming back summer after summer is the community’s focus on the present moment. It is incredibly easy for child and adult alike to become fixated on the past and/or future. Expending energy worrying about events that are said and done or looming deadlines on the horizon leaves very little for the moment at hand. Camp is a gift for the worriers: it presents us with an environment conducive to practicing living in the moment. Be it the small reminders of a child’s wonder over an object you stepped past on the trail or the larger gratification of watching a nervous camper come out of his or her shell and feel truly comfortable being themselves; spending time at Green River provides the means needed to take a step back and admire the smaller details of life. Pausing the chaotic pace of school or work to focus on less material notions, such as those of hope, wonder, and presence, can be difficult to remember for all of us. I think camper and staff member alike are grateful for the safe space GRP gives us to reconnect with the beauty of the moment and explore our hopes and dreams.
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
- Emily Dickinson