On a recent weekend trip to Atlanta, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the National Park dedicated to the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the beautiful memorial for he and his wife, Coretta Scott. Amidst the history, the fountains, and the eternal flame with the inscription “The Dream Lives, The Legacy Continues” I could almost hear Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” message. In the gift shop, I picked up a small book of quotes for my 13 year old. On the plane home, I was paging through the book and stopped on one of Dr. Kings visionary thoughts:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
As we prepare and gear up for our summer season, I am honored to work with a team of staff whose primary focus is just that: share their talents and gifts with our campers. Whether it is sharing knowledge, teaching a skill, showing empathy and kindness, making ordinary life tasks fun, helping with friendships, offering support, guiding campers towards independence, or a myriad of other selfless tasks, ILC staff members are dedicated to our camp community.
ILC fosters and embraces an environment where staff and campers are encouraged to “do” for others.
As I continued to read through the book, I paused on another inspirational Dr. King quote that reminded me of ILC:
“Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” Dr. King, I am thankful for your legacy to allow places like ILC to flourish and our community to, first-hand, develop a world perspective.
In these next few weeks while we busily prepare for summer, let’s all remember another famous caption of Dr. King: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” This will be my mantra!
ILC U Soon!