The Greenhouse Effect
During my time here at Explore I have really come to appreciate how intentional people are about community. Nearly everything here is focused on bringing people closer together. The small colour teams provide a feeling of a close knit group, not unlike a family setting. This brings into existence a safe place for people to be themselves and share their feelings. In addition, to continue with this picture of a family, the rest of Explore has its place as a type of extended family which provides a very comfortable and accepting environment. Needless to say this type of atmosphere is very conducive to personal growth.
“This environment is a greenhouse
for personal growth.”
Even the setup of the buildings at Camp Bighorn brings people together. There are only a few indoor places where one can spend their leisure time; this subtly draws people into community because, generally, wherever you go, you will likely not be alone there. While some of these aspects of life here at Bighorn may sound like an inconvenient way of organization, it is actually extremely beneficial to building a strong community.
There is so much to learn. Living in such close proximity to people dedicated to a common belief really provides a strong base for God to teach important lessons about leadership, relationships, and oneself. I now realize the importance of community and highly value the purposeful effort that people constantly put into making this a comfortable atmosphere.