Does your camp constantly break out into spontaneous dance parties?
Yep, mine too.
How amazing is that?
There have been many times I’ve gotten a kick out of it; there was one summer when we had to explain to the staff that no, we can’t program in “spontaneous dance parties” because that’s just not how spontaneity works; it’s been a running joke ever since.
When we do have actual, legitimate spontaneous dance parties they are a phenomenal energy builder, a 5 – 15 minute dance party between programs or when everyone is feeling low energy (like on a rainy day) is a huge moral booster!
There was also the summer (many moons ago, at my old camp) that the ACD and I gave the staff 15 minutes of down time while we went to set up the evening activity – which was going to be a team building session.
When we returned to fetch them we could hear the music long before we got to the building, then we could see jumping and dancing through the windows before we entered.
We walked into pure pandemonium, there was a high energy dance party going down, they were dancing on tables, on chairs, and bopping all around the floor.
We both burst out laughing (then we politely asked them to carefully step down from the tables and chairs if they were going to continue dancing… then we used that as an excellent example during a risk management session later that week… but I digress)
We put our team building session on hold, because they were bonding on their own, in a way they came up with, and in a way that works.
And it’s not just my camp – camp communities everywhere experience this amazing ritual.