A few years ago I wrote about the power of the CIT speeches at the Girls Camp campfire. I was struck with the clarity, honesty, sense of self and place. The tradition continues and I wanted to share a speech from 2016. The message is timely- perhaps timeless. It speaks to the rites and rituals of childhood, the value of friendship, the benefits of kindness and the gratitude of being with those who are willing to serve something larger than themselves. We have a wonderful crew of young men and women who will join us this summer as Counselors in Training and we can’t wait for summer to begin!- Steve
Good Night, Not Goodbye
Dear Camp Mishawaka,
I almost can’t believe that this is the end–the end of my time here as a camper. So I’d like to thank you for
showing me a different part of myself, and for showing me a world of excitement and friendship and love.
Thank you for introducing me to so many new things, like friends, activities, and foods. Thank you for giving
me the opportunitiy to be responsible and caring and kind. Thank you for showing me patience and courage
and the ability to understand. Thank you for being a community where I can truly be myself, were there are
so many friendly faces that I can trust and that no matter what can light up my day. Thank you for giving me
the CITs, my sisters, my family. Without them, the world wouldn’t spin and the sun wouldn’t shine. Thank you
for having such cool weather when it is roasting in my home town. Thank you for your natural beauty and ability to pull us
away from electronics and into a world without them, a much kinder world.
Thank you for the counselors, who do everything they can for us, and are always there, no matter what.
And most importantly, thank you for thecampers–every single face here at Mishawaka. They are all from very different places in the world, but yet are
the most connected and inspiring group of people I have ever met. Their hard work and character are going to
take them anywhere they want in this world, and I can’t wait to see where it is they’ll go.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Until we meet again…The most grateful girl in the world