The Heart is establishing a committee to assess our use of Native American themes. For a while now, cultural appropriation has been circulating our minds. But, we are always getting wrapped up into the next thing. (Our slow season is anything but!) In spite of our respect toward our camp tribes, we realize our use of the Native American theme unintentionally offends.
The use of Native American themes has been integral to our program since Heart O’ the Hills became a camp in 1953. Changing 67 years of tradition is no small feat. Yet, we wish to mitigate any unintended negative consequences of our curriculum. This process may take a while.
The Heart‘s new committee is composed of ladies who are held in high regard for their intellect, fairness, sensitivity, and compassion. Firstly, they will begin assessing and addressing our use of tribes. By exploring possible removals or reshaping, we are seeking to honor the tribes.
As the cradle of childhood for many lucky kids, camps are uniquely influential. The Heart is honored to help raise each camper. We do not shoulder this duty lightly. Because of this, we strive to mindfully teach good habits and philosophies. Including honest self-reflection!
By starting with ourselves, may we set a good example for our girls.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”-William Arthur Ward
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