Camp Everytown Emphasizes and Builds Community Among High School Students

by Rosie Reid

camp everytownAt Camp Everytown, a select group of teachers and PHS students come together for four days at a rustic camp in the Santa Cruz mountains to discuss issues of diversity and privilege. We consider such topics as gender, race, class, family, and disability, all the while reflecting on how we can live more effectively in community. Some activities are large-scale role-playing events, such as eating lunch blindfolded or without hands to understand what it might feel like to have a disability, while other activities and discussions take place in smaller groups that students keep coming back to over the course of the four days, in effect becoming incredibly close and sharing very deeply. Camp Everytown reminds us to look past labels and to treat everyone with respect, not in a cheesy after-school special kind of way, but in a way that is impactful and lasting. I am so glad I get to be a part of it.

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