By the end of the summer I will be proud of what I have achieved. I will be able to say I made a difference both directly and indirectly in the lives of our campers and the staff. I must know that I have improved as a leader, manager and even in a small way as a person. I am committed to inspiring others to willing embrace the values we have on camp and I will do my utmost, from my position, to achieve we all live up to these. Throughout my interactions with staff in general, I will be fair and supportive but likewise I will never shy away from making decisions which may at first not be popular, if from experience and knowledge I know them to be in the overall interest of the greater good on camp.
At the end of the summer I want to know that my immediate colleagues in CO felt supported and inspired throughout, not just professionally, but also personally when needed. The directors will feel that my experience (wisdom) was passed on to them in ways that enabled them to live out their own objectives and visions for the summer. It is also critical to me that they know that I, and other members in C.O, will standby them throughout their struggles and challenges as long as they stay committed to doing their best. I need coordinators and staff to feel secure in the structure that we have put in place, knowing that it has been put in place to best serve the needs of the campers. I also will have created a structure where staff look up and see people who they wish to learn from professionally.
Most of all when I walk through the camps, I will see the campers interacting with respect and understanding and showing a desire to better themselves in what we on camp call “educational development”. Therefore by the end of the summer, I need to know with certainty that my direct and indirect influence was constantly pushing towards the honorable goal of educating, not just in English, but in values that I believe help make all of us better people.
The world can be a better place and as educator and manager I embrace that I am an important part of making that a reality.