Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Camp

 Summer Camp is a great time to experience the freedom of going shirtless. For one, simply because summer camps consists of mainly outdoor activities in the hottest time of the year, so shedding the shirt is simply more comfortable. But it is also part of the experience. It embodies the care-free nature of the camp experience, as well as the freedom and self-confidence we want young men to develop. It promotes a sense of comfort and confidence with one’s own body, and a sense of camaraderie with their fellow campers as a shared bonding experience.






It has been a part of the camp experience for generations.


Whether engaging in sports, outdoor activities, or wilderness camping, shirts are not necessary for summer camp.





Staff and camp counselors should not be required to wear shirts, either. Joining the campers in going shirtless promotes bonding and makes the staff more relatable.


Of course, this is only one tiny aspect of what summer camp is about. A well-designed summer camp program should teach some skills, promote health and fitness, and build character. But incorporating a healthy body image and positive bonding experiences with friends and role models can be one aspect of that experience. So, whether you are a camper, counselor, or in administration, I want to encourage you to get out there and make the most of summer camp!

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