I went to week one of Camp Raglan April holidays 2018 from 14th to 21st. During this time, I learned a lot about Moses, the exodus, what it takes to be a great leader and how to best look after children. I learned that sometimes it’s okay to break a child’s trust if it means asking for help. I also learned courtesy of my team of girls, that mothers don’t nag, they help.
I had to tell these 9-year-old girls every day the same instruction. Make your bed properly. Put on your shoes outside. It seemed I was telling them off for doing or not doing the same thing every day. This got me frustrated which led to me telling them off even more for the littlest of things.
At one point, I felt broken inside. Broken out of frustration that they weren’t listening. But also broken because I had to scold and scold and that wasn’t the kind of leader I wanted to be.
What my role was to these girls reminded me of my mum and how I don’t usually listen to her instructions either. I reminded myself every day, “when I come back home, I’ll listen to mum. Really listen and do what she says.”
When camp finally ended, I went back to my church. My mum was waiting for me and we said our goodbyes to the other campers and got in the car. While in the car, we talked about lunch. It was at this moment that I realized something very important about my mum; she was not a nagger. No, she was bestowing upon me words of wisdom and advice more valuable than the finest gold.
Mothers aren’t naggers. They’re wisom bearers. (Why not tweet this for Mother’s day?)
This revelation made me feel better about myself and how I acted as a leader. After all, I wasn’t nagging them, I was bestowing words of wisdom and advice. Even if I didn’t always do this with a cool head, but I believe I did learn and grow as a leader while I was at camp. That is a priceless lesson and one that I will take with me every day of my life and in the next camp too.