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In 2002, our first year running OTC, a 15-year-old boy named Georgios showed up. He was a unique, intelligent, free-spirited, inspirational young man. Georgios has been coming back to camp for the past thirteen years, leading some of the most interesting and vital activities and discussions for teenagers from all walks of life. He has been a wonderful gift to our camp since our very first day of camp.
“At Odyssey Teen Camp we are a temporary intentional community organized around making teens feel safe and supported as they experiment with new ideas, challenge their own assumptions, and make new friendships. The staff and eclectic programming at Odyssey Teen Camp change a little every year, but the mission of the camp remains the same:
OTC creates a space that temporarily ends and challenges the uglier parts of life: judgement, bullying, materialism, and division, to name a few.
Almost all teenagers can thrive in an environment that discourages judgment and encourages sincerity.
It’s pretty common for a sporty and popular high schooler to come to OTC and open up like never before, make lots of friends, play a lot, and grow as a person. Lots of teens who feel trapped in playing the game of being cool and popular blossom in a situation where those social expectations and rules are suspended.
But often, the teens that get the most out of camp are the kind that don’t quite fit in at school, the teens that are too weird to be popular, the teens whose fashion choices seem bizarre (but will probably be trendy in 10 years), the teens that are already searching for something more fulfilling than just an ordinary life.
There are a lot of unhealthy ways that teenage rebellion and experimentation can be directed – here at camp we focus on channeling that energy in positive directions. We foster a sense of community that honors every kind of camper.
At OTC friendships develop between different kinds of teens that would almost never interact in a normal high school social scene.”
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A Non-Profit Overnight Summer Camp For Teens Ages 13-18Located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.