BENEFITING: THE PIECE
EVENT DATE: Jun 23, 2013
Camp Odyssey 2.0 is about to return for its third year! We need your help to bring a last few campers to join us in Salem on June 23rd.
What it is: Camp Odyssey is an experiential journey where 14-18 year olds engage openly and honestly to address topics around oppression, and face personal & societal views on issues ranging from race, culture and immigration to orientation, gender, ableism, power and class. For 6 nights & 7 challenging days they'll reflect and interact with people vastly different from themselves, and gain the understanding, skills & resources needed to work against discrimination and create social change and this is just the beginning! Back in their communities, the Odyssey Program works to continue skill development and help youth connect to or create leadership opportunities of their interest.
Our Youth Leaders are the heart and strength of the Odyssey Program. Youth Leaders are campers from previous years who have returned to support new campers as they begin their journey into understanding how communities in our society are kept apart and how we can bring them together! Here's what they say:
“Who knew that after one week we would be as close as family? I did not expect that, for example, at all. I remember sitting on the bus the very first day fighting back tears because I did not know anyone. A week later, I was fighting back tears to leave these new but incredible faces that I have come to love.”
“Camp Odyssey really helped me. It showed me that saying you aren’t a part of the problem gets you nowhere. Instead of looking for ways to fix what was around me, I started with me and how I could change…to become someone better. Someone that my community would benefit from.”
“This week’s activities were harder than most things that I have done in my life. I really had to look at myself and the things that I have ignored.”
“I learned that I can be open to people no matter what. I can relate to them in some way. Whether that be race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or feeling something they have felt before.”