“Language is important. It’s not only an expression of our thoughts, feelings and actions, but I believe that it has the power to influence those thoughts, feelings and actions”
Author Archives: drewdemery
…this “work harder” stigma has got to go. We need to stop priding ourselves on the long hours, the pennies pinched and the amount of emails returned on a Saturday night. It’s killing us. And I mean literally killing us. The amount of stress, anxiety and depression this kind of lifestyle is having on Camp Directors…
Lessons Learned 2021.
Flexibility. Commitment. Hard-Work. Support. If any of those words strike a chord with your 2021, then perhaps you’re like me and will enjoy the following…Coordinating 15 different camp trainings was difficult, but because I enjoy problem-solving and thinking critically with empathy I found that flexibility was a strength I possess…
The Small Businesses Serving Small Businesses that Serve
What small businesses serve other small businesses that focuses on serving the community? Camp Vendors, that’s who.
Fundamentals for 2022
Is it the outdoors? The staff? The kids? It’s how it all comes together to create something bigger than the activity. It’s the idea that we use these activities to create meaning.
I believe that it takes courage to be vulnerable. It’s awkward, it’s difficult, it’s counterintuitive but it is also sometimes necessary. Vulnerability is necessary for growth, for healing, for meaning. Courage isn’t always my strong suit, but I’m glad I had some last week. I wrote an article that expressed my feelings of utter defeatContinue reading “Thank You”
Authentic and Not Enough
This week was rough, like really rough. Probably one of the worst that I’ve had in recent years. In full transparency and in hopes of diminishing the stigma of mental health, I suffer from depression. I also crave validation and hate feeling inadequate. As you may know, I’ve recently committed to rejoining the work forceContinue reading “Authentic and Not Enough”
Now, More Than Ever.
“Kids need camp now, more than ever.” How many time have you heard that saying before? Whether this is your first year as a Cabin Counselor or your 30th as an Executive Director, chances are you’ve heard it more than a time or two. And you know what, it’s finally true. The summer camp experience,Continue reading “Now, More Than Ever.”
Thoughts on Safety and Success
My best camp anecdotes come from seemingly insignificant moments: a little comment here, a quick experience there and often tiny moments grab my thoughts for days. This week I had one of those moments with my 3 year old. The afternoon sun was shining and we were on the front porch just passing the dayContinue reading “Thoughts on Safety and Success”
My friend, Eddie
On paper, my friend Eddie and I shouldn’t really be friends. He’s a country kid and I grew up on the edge of town. He listens to Tim McGraw, while I still rock out to Taking Back Sunday. He drives a tractor and likes red meat. I prefer my bike and have flirted with vegetarianismContinue reading “My friend, Eddie”