Every Other Monday – How do you adapt?

How do you adapt?

Fight, flight, freeze – three reactions to stress; or, better, three reactions to not knowing what the heck we’re going to do if we cannot run camp this summer (#we’realldoomed, or #we’realloverracting). The problem is that every circumstance requires a different response, and we each have our favorite, the default that we go to almost every time. That means that there is a 2/3rds chance that we’re doing the wrong thing. So how do we adapt and thrive when everything is changing? How do we choose the right reaction to meet a new circumstance? Two ideas:

  1. Curiosity. What do you do when you run up on a bear? The real answer: it depends on the bear. Yes, there’s a list of things you should and should not do, but before you go down that list you should start by 1) staying calm and 2) watching to see what the bear is going to do next. Every bear is different and if you are curious enough you might see something that keeps you from overreacting, or underreacting. If we pay attention and approach this Covid mess with an optimistic curiosity, we’re going to make better decisions. Our people need us to make better decisions.
  2. Love. Tod Bolsinger says “love precedes change.” He was speaking about helping his church make a cultural change but I think the same is true of helping our camps adapt to spring of 2020. Yesterday I spent a few minutes looking at our staff board. We post pictures of every counselor hired, and sometimes stare at the empty spots. I was embarrassed to realize that I have started looking at this as a board of accomplishments and pictures of resources. But yesterday I remembered that I do not love building a great camp, I love seeing the people pictured on this board grow in their skills, faith and character so their campers will grow in their skills, faith and character. I seriously get a lump in my throat when I say that out loud.

So now, reminded of our mission, I am ready to pay attention with optimistic curiosity, not overreact or underreact, and make better decisions. And that’s worth my time because campers need camp now more than ever.

Adam Boyd

Camps Merri-Mac & Timberlake

Adam Boyd
Adam Boyd
Summer camp has been a way of life for Adam Boyd. His father, Spencer Boyd, opened his first camp in 1954 and after graduating from Wofford College, and later earning a M.Div. and D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary, Adam returned to camp where he served for ten years as the Timberlake Director. In the fall of 2001 Adam began directing Merri-Mac also. Adam and his wife Ann (who he met at summer camp) are committed to sharing summers of fun and growth with camp age children. They have two sons who are Timberlake campers and a daughter who is a counselor at Merri-Mac.