What are Evening Embers?

Each night during summer camp, after the evening program and showers, the cabin gathers for a time together before going to sleep. These times, which we call evening embers, serve many purposes and forms, such as to create connection, understanding, awareness, character, laughter, history, a sense of family, and a host of other positive ends by being together with these topics, adventures, challenges, and experiences. Such discussions can be brought home and offer opportunities for connection among families and friends, as well as moments of self-reflection and growth for individuals. ‘Embers’ get their name from the close of the day being like the embers of a fire. In form, they can be discussion based, an adventure, star gazing, playing the “I Wonder” game, or whatever else the cabin or your family design. You can check out several examples that your family can use at home here.

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This exercise is intended to close out each day with a moment of sharing and reflection, and to facilitate a bonding moment and openness within a group of people. Going around in a circle and providing space for each person to share a few notable aspects of their day, supports a platform for connection through shared experience or understanding as we lay our weary heads down for some well earned rest.

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