For those who have attended regular family home education camps, they will know how much fun the talent shows can be. Again, anything goes and campers might sing, play a musical instrument, do some magic tricks, dance, read poetry, juggle, tell us a story, or do a comedy routine.
Campers often also get together with some friends old and new to present a group performance showing off new skills from the day’s workshops. Several of our talent show numbers have evolved in this way. I remember some brand-new guitarists, some very funny small group skits, a beautiful choir, stunning ballroom dancing and the very small audience watching the camp bollywood-dance routine.
If this sounds scary, please remember lots of us will be feeling the same and that this is completely optional. If campers choose to perform, the audience will be absolutely and totally there for them and will want them to do and be their best, whatever that may be. We will all be there to encourage and cheer each other on. Quite often it’s the most nervous and unsure that are up and jumping for the last chance to get on stage by the end of the week. So again, be courageous and let your talents shine. Camp with Wings is that safe place where
campers can share some or all of their dreams and everyone will be richer for it.
One of my favourite quotes from Henry Van Dyke goes “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best.”
And Grace Llewellyn, NBTS camp director often quotes from modern dance pioneer, Martha Graham, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost, the world will not have it.”
So let’s have it. We encourage you to “strut your stuff’ so we can celebrate your unique expression with you.