Change. Credit. Claim.
- Lesson learned — Over thirty years ago, science recognized rapid brain development in children from birth to age five. This discovery advanced the field of early childhood development into a recognized and respected profession.
- Today — Science has discovered a second period of rapid brain development: “Teen brain development” for those between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five.
- Pedagogy — “How” we work with young people complements the rapid growth taking place. We know how to create environments and spaces that encourage that growth. Young people do not “survive” but thrive in our spaces.
- Change minds — We must share language that clearly articulates what is happening when we work with young people.
- Establish credibility — We must articulate, measure, and share our skills and knowledge.
- Claim the space — we must advocate for more children of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds to have a quality camp experience.
Photo courtesy of Camp Killoqua, Everett, Washington