Growing up, I was not involved in theater (except when I was seven years old and shared the role of Tinkerbell with my twin sister at summer camp!) I was primarily involved with competitive swim teams, and I also dabbled in t-ball, soccer, gymnastics, and skiing. While most of these are individual sports, for me, it was the team aspect of the sport that mattered. For example, my fastest swim races were always when I was part of a relay, not in my individual events. This frustrated my coaches, but it was part of my nature to swim faster when the team needed me to.
Over the past five years at camp, I’ve learned many things about theater, particularly how much teamwork goes into each production. This is something that had not previously occurred to me. One of my absolute favorite Ghostlight traditions is our curtain calls. I was used to seeing actors bow individually or in small groups. At Ghostlight, our casts bow together as an ensemble. This tradition truly embodies the teamwork essential for each show’s success.
Our staff at camp is also one big team. Regardless of our individual roles at camp, we’re all there to support each other and to encourage each other to be our best selves.
The seasonal leadership team is ready to help you make this summer a fulfilling and joyful one for you and our campers. They are a team of seasoned camp veterans with years of experience in camping and theater. If you are ever wondering how, where, who, or what at camp, these folks are a great resource and can always help point you in the right direction!
Knowing WHO to ask for help doesn't mean we are all automatically comfortable with asking. Why do you think some people have trouble asking for help? (Go ahead and write down a list of 5 reasons before you read on.)
I bet if you wrote down even one reason, the root cause is fear. We would probably have that in common if we compared all of our answers. Something in most of us makes us fearful of asking for help. ("What if I seem stupid?" "What if everyone else already knows or we covered that already?")
Another question: When someone DOES choose to ask for help, what are positive things you can conclude about that person? It might show they care about the campers or being a great co-worker. Maybe you had other reasons, and at camp, we will take some time to hear those.
Regardless of the level of comfort in asking for help, it is important that we all do it from time to time, so we thought we could HELP by sharing The 5 Steps to Asking for Help.
Remember, when ships at sea need help, they issue an S.O.S. At Ghostlight, asking for help is also an S.O.S.
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