As a Maoriginal staff member, it has been incredible to see how NCSY Camp Maor has evolved over the past five years. One of the missions of this camp is to help girls believe in themselves and find their power within to stand up for themselves. Each year, Sari chooses a camp theme which drives the overall programming, and helps the girls build up from day one all the way to the Final Performance.
This year, our campers were surprised with a talk-back from several staff members after we were entertained by an incredible performance of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. At the end of the event, each cast member was asked to share 10-seconds of life advice, and it was so profound, and matched the camp’s mission so well, that I wanted to share it here.
1. Breathe. Just breathe. When things are tough; breathe. When things are good; breathe. If you fall down, take a breath, get up and try again.
2. Always be yourself. Don’t try to change who you are to fit in. Be yourself and you will be loved.
3. Collaborate! Working together makes everything better. If you can’t collaborate with others, you will miss out on important life events. But, if you CAN work together, you can accomplish anything.
4. Try for it and don’t give up! It can take 100 auditions to get a role, but if you give up after 99 times, you’ll never get it.
5. Build a strong foundation for whatever it is you want to do. If you want to be a singer, learn to sign everything. If you want to be a writer, learn to write everything. The stronger your foundation, the farther you’ll go.
6. Everything happens for a reason. You might not be able to see it in the moment, but the truth will be revealed eventually. Looks for the silver lining and stay positive.
7. Believe in yourself and you can accomplish the world! These seven axioms are the driving forces behind NCSY Camp Maor.
It was unbelievable to hear the same sentiments coming from the mouths of Broadway stars who had never met us (or only met us briefly that morning), and it solidified the mission and vision of this camp that I am so proud to be a part of.
Rena Rubin is the Assistant Director of NCSY Camp Maor. She is a fifth year staff member who came on board while the camp was still a vision in Sari’s mind. We are so thankful for the hard work Rena puts into camp all year round.