The idea behind the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ remains an important one. As we become easily disconnected trough the busyness of the day, electronic plug-ins and lack meaningful interactions children are not socialized into a true sense of community. A community is more than just a location or a collection of individuals who happen to live or work in the same place. When we talk about a ‘sense of community’ we usually mean the quality of the relationships and connections that bind people together.
For children, a sense of community plays an important role in the development of their feelings of belonging and security. Children thrive in an environment of mutually supportive and caring relationships. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide experiential education that leads to self-esteem and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes—friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. What matters most is that our approach is genuine and that such connections are regular and ongoing.
At Kumbuka Summer Camp we believe creating a ‘sense of community’ is an important part of what we do. We acknowledge that by engaging within our own local communities providing children the platform to develop a sense of community. Through introducing the conversation, activities, and tastes of the different cultures that we find in our local community that also links us to the global community, children are encouraged to have a larger awareness of the true world around them and connect in a meaningful way.