In elementary school, I was part of a group that would take a 5+ hour bus trip to participate in a sleepover at Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida. It was one of my favorite parts of every year – an opportunity to learn new things, meet interesting people, and generally nerd out. (They also had a wind machine which would imitate hurricane force winds – awesome)
Flying home from ORD Camp this weekend, I’m struck at how Zach and Fitz have re-created the same environment – a safe space where its cool to be curious and excited about new things – a chance to spend time with existing friends who you don’t get to see enough of, make new friends from nearby and far away, help out in conversations you can provide expertise, and learn about things you may have never even knew existed. (And with late night games – it effectively ends up being a 36 hour sleepover.)
Even in -13 degree weather, ORD Camp made my trip to Chicago awesome. Thanks Zach and Fitz!