OUR CAMP CULTURE

Camp Independence exists to purposefully create an environment that fosters an atmosphere of positive growth, belonging, and self-awareness.  Campers are encouraged to live big, play hard, and recognize the awesome in life.  We are a tribe that promotes self expression, resiliency, and community, which are invaluable to our mission.  The programming and culture of camp is shaped and influenced by the consistent modeling of our base core values, the R.I.D.E. Initiative, as well as our 4 Core Actions.

INTEGRITY

We are kind, forgiving and honest with each other.  This is how we become people of great honor and integrity.

EMPATHY

We allow empathy to motivate our service to each other by vicariously experiencing their feelings, thoughts and attitudes.  This is how we transform and are transformed.

WE SING.

"Music can change the world because it can change people"

-Bono

WE PLAY.

"Life must be lived as play"

-Plato

RESPECT

We respect others and ourselves, as well as life, nature and health.

DEDICATION

We do what is appropriately necessary, with great determination and focus, to improve life for our community and ourselves.

WE DANCE.

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm, it's about learning to dance in the rain"

-Taylor Swift

WE LEARN.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever."

-Mahatma Gandhi