Youth Frontiers Goes to Camp
By Sarah Barchus, Youth Frontiers Communications Specialist
We are all about building community at Youth Frontiers, and sometimes we take that part of our mission very literally. Last Monday, our staff traveled to Camp Tanadoona, where we spent the afternoon building a challenge course, renovating the facilities and packing healthy snacks for the next wave of hungry campers.
Outfitted with rakes, wheelbarrows, shovels, brushes, brown paper bags and our own hands, we hauled brush, mulched paths, stripped tile, painted walls, bagged food and performed some serious teamwork.
We volunteered at Camp Tanadoona for just a few, short hours, but in reality, our partnership with organizations like Camp Fire, which runs the camp, is much greater. Their mission, “to provide the experience everyone needs to discover who they are – find their spark – and become a leader now,” aligns with ours. On our retreats, we too strive to create safe spaces where everyone can be themselves and be treated with kindness and respect.
At Youth Frontiers, we volunteer for several reasons. First, volunteering gives us the exciting opportunity to learn from and to assist other great organizations in their efforts to help young people. Second, it allows our staff to connect outside of our day-to-day roles while working together toward a worthwhile goal. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, volunteering models the kind of community partnership we hope the students we work with will experience and initiate throughout the rest of their school years and beyond.
We left the volunteering on Monday feeling refreshed by the outdoors and by the good work Tanadoona is doing through its camps, taking with us a lingering sense of community and the scent of a campfire.
Thank you to Camp Fire for letting us spend the afternoon with you!