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Camp CoEJ Diaries-Girls Mentors- Day 8

Mentor Diary- Fatema Nasser, Mercury Mentor

We knew the day was going to be a good one when it started with a lie in…and we were right! After half an hour of much needed extra sleep, the day started with buzzing excitement for our day trip away from Lea Green. All the girls spent the day wearing maroon scarves as a way of identifying each other which actually brought a lovely sense of unity along with it. As one of the campers reflected after Salah this evening, all of us wearing the same

We knew the day was going to be a good one when it started with a lie in…and we were right! After half an hour of much-needed extra sleep, the day started with buzzing excitement for our day trip away from Lea Green. All the girls spent the day wearing maroon scarves as a way of identifying each other which actually brought a lovely sense of unity along with it. As one of the campers reflected after Salah this evening, all of us wearing the same

We knew the day was going to be a good one when it started with a lie in…and we were right! After half an hour of much needed extra sleep, the day started with buzzing excitement for our day trip away from Lea Green. All the girls spent the day wearing maroon scarves as a way of identifying each other which actually brought a lovely sense of unity along with it. As one of the campers reflected after Salah this evening, all of us wearing the same coloured hijab also highlighted how unique we all are and that we are all recognisable by our different styles and personalities, and that there is so much more that defines us than the clothes we wear. In fact, throughout the last few days, the campers and mentors have been practicing how to appreciate others, as well as ourselves. Each night we encourage the campers to take part in an ‘Appreciation Circle’ where they appreciate something about another camper, and in our Planet Time sessions we have all been discussing what is each of our Unique gifts to the world – what it is about each of us that Allah has blessed us with and makes us special. This has been a really positive way of boosting self esteem and valuing others and our differences. Spending the day in Abraham Heights was amazing.

We started by taking a short ride on cable cars to arrive up there and then took a tour through a miners cave. We chose a spot for lunch where we could admire the beautiful views of the trees and fields below, or ‘broccoli land’ as some of the campers have now taken to calling it! Something I will really miss when returning home to a big city is the tranquility of being surrounded by nature. The grounds where we are staying are beautiful and every time we leave the site we come across views that really take our breath away. There have been many ‘Subhanallah’ moments in the past week! Praying outside while were in Abraham Heights was another amazing experience, especially for the campers. When performing Salah in such a beautiful place it’s difficult not to feel even more connected to Allah (swt). The reaction from members of the public telling us how peaceful they found watching us, and how they took the opportunity to teach their children about our prayers was a really heart warming moment for campers and helped them develop pride in their faith. The campers enjoyed the day out, especially the opportunity to play, wander around, eat ice cream and do a bit of shopping with the friends that they have all made over the past week. The connections between the campers deepen with every passing day and that is really rewarding to see as a mentor. As we draw closer to the end of camp it’s becoming apparent how close this Camp CoEJ family has become and how difficult it will be to say goodbye on Thursday.

The campers enjoyed the day out, especially the opportunity to play, wander around, eat ice cream and do a bit of shopping with the friends that they have all made over the past week. The connections between the campers deepen with every passing day and that is really rewarding to see as a mentor. As we draw closer to the end of camp it’s becoming apparent how close this Camp CoEJ family has become and how difficult it will be to say goodbye on Thursday.