August 20, 2012
Knee Deep in Camp & Loving It
As I stepped off the plate at the world-famous JFK airport in New York City, I began contemplating what my first Camp GLSEN experience would be like. Would this be another one of those camps where instead of learning how to be a leader, I’m instead learning the art of appearing to pay attention while I’m secretly goofing off? Would this be one of those camps where the veil of boredom quickly consumes the participants and everyone looks about 5 seconds away from a mid-afternoon nap?
These doubts were quickly proved wrong.
Upon arrival, I started meeting some awesome people. Other students and adults from across the country, doing the work I have come to love. These people have become individuals I yearned to talk to; individuals whose stories constantly inspired me to keep working toward safe schools for all.
The next day began our workshops. They were really good! I approached each workshop with only the experience of running our school’s GSA. Yet, with each workshop, I developed more confidence in my skills to do more, to be more, and to create something lasting in the community I call home.
Camp GLSEN not only helped me with my organizing skills, but has also encouraged me to conquer a goal that I’ve had for my Jump-Start team for a while now: networking. I was able to make amazing connections with not only other participants from Ohio, but from people across the country. I can’t wait to work on the Jump-Start program in Cincinnati with everything I have learned at Camp GLSEN. I’ll take this experience with me throughout this year and years to come.
If you are an elementary, middle, or high school student and would like to get involved with GLSEN Greater Cincinnati’s Jump Start program, applications are now open!