During our Build Strong @Home series, we will post three different daily reflections for you each week. These can be done at any time during the day, but we recommend doing them at a time when campers and adults alike can really think and talk with each other. 


What is a devo? Devo (devotion) is a Frost Valley tradition that spans every program and age group. It is a great way for campers to wind down and connect with each other after long days of active programming. Before bed, campers come together as a cabin/yurt/tent group and participate in a reflective activity. Often sat in a circle around a candle, counselors present an age-appropriate prompt. Devo is a safe space so sharing is always optional and we ask campers to respect that information shared in devo, stays in devo.

Name: Rose, Bud, Thorn
Age Recommendation: All ages, lighthearted & simple
How to: Each person goes around and shares about their day using the terms: rose (something good from that day), thorn (something tough from that day), bud (something you are looking forward to)

Name: Light of my life
Age Recommendation: All ages, lighthearted & simple
How to: Each person goes around and briefly shares about someone they admire/ feel uplifted by in their life! Optional prop: give every participant a candle or a glowstick that they can light/ crack when they share

Name: Candyland
Age Recommendation: Good for younger kids, can be done with any age, lighthearted
How to: Typically done with jolly ranchers and laffy taffy, every participant gets some candy and shares something that makes them ‘jolly’ and something that makes them ‘laff.’ Candy is, of course, optional, and there are so many substitutes you can get creative with! 

If you have any questions about our daily reflections or want to share some camp magic with us, send us an email at buildstronghome@frostvalley.org

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