One of the pinnacle events of first session is our United Nations Day. UN Day is an all camp event in which the camp is split into four nations, each represented by a country. Our philosophy on competition here at North Star is built on friendship before, during, and after the game. UN Day is an opportunity for us to practice this philosophy and discuss the many nations and backgrounds our staff and campers come from.
The theme of last night’s Friday night service was One World. Charlie J. led the service. Our Camper – Counselor Choir sang Imagine by John Lennon and our Counselor Chorus sang Peace Train by Cat Stephens. Our international staff each gave an anecdote that represented something unique about their home country, and Ernesto Gavier gave sermonette. Ernie is from Argentina and spoke beautifully about camp being his first time in the United States, the inclusive environment at North Star, and told us stories of finding kindness wherever he has traveled throughout the world.
In normal years we often have counselors from Australia, Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, and Scotland to name a few. This year our international staff is more limited, but we still strive to emphasize the importance of cultural exchange between our campers and staff.
Tonight’s evening program was our United Nations Day Summit. The senior captains of each country made presentations about their countries, explaining their geography, history, and some interesting facts that make each nation unique. Each team presented its mascot, as well as a song or cheer. Cypress arranged a parody of House of the Rising Sun with Bennett C on guitar, Teddy S on keyboard, Zac D on saxophone and Sam G on Trumpet. On a more serious note, Ethan A. talked about the lessons of cultural exchange living as a Mexican-American in Saudi Arabia.
As we move towards UN Day, a full day of fun and competition, we keep in mind the importance of unity, sportsmanship, cultural appreciation and kindness that lie at the heart of our community.
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
– Oprah Winfrey