A hallmark to the Camp Stevens culture is the creative process. We use it during Counselor Training and summer camp planning. It gets pulled out at Board meetings, Friday meetings, and morning meetings before Outdoor Education programs. And it’s even part of the backbone of the Building the Continuum project developed by Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers (ECCC).
The creative process is a way to approach a question or a problem. Shaped like an hourglass (start at the top), ideas are brainstormed and built upon until some consensus is reached toward one or two ideas (moving toward the middle of the hourglass). Once one idea is agreed upon, the individual or group develops the idea into something concrete, building the foundation of the hourglass at the bottom. Sometimes this takes minutes, sometimes weeks. It does sometimes take longer than one person making a decision and moving forward, but the outcome makes the wait worthwhile.
Creativity and the creative process are so important here that the ends almost never justify the means! A part of the end, therefore, must be learning from the process. Reflection (IAG, anyone?), consensus, and collaboration are familiar words around here! Those of you who have been around Camp Stevens probably know this to be true and know that we’re constantly working to improve on the process (Wait – is the creative process always in its own creative process? Ha!).
A friend of mine on Facebook posted this link yesterday about creativity and I thought I’d share it here. It got me thinking a bit about my own means of being creative in and out of Camp Stevens. Perhaps it’ll spur some thought for you as well!
A disclaimer: I’d never heard of 99u.com, so cannot speak to anything else they publish or really what they do at all.
Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly-ish post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!