You want a tree.
Trees are made of wood, right? So you stop by a lumber yard and purchase some 2x4's. An hour, a bottle of wood glue, and a whole lot of nails later, you have a trunk. Since trees stick out of the ground, you bury one end in dirt. After drilling a few holes and jamming in some broken broom handles, you have branches. Cut up newspapers form leaves; crinkled aluminum foil is passable bark; cherries, apples, and bananas hung from the branches offer a final flourish.
You're proud. You've been in that sweet, creative-excited zone. So it's not until you step back to admire that it sinks in:
This is not a tree.
To successfully create a film, a team
Perhaps this mixed-media amalgamation is a beautiful representation of a tree. Perhaps it reminds people of trees. If you leave it outside perhaps a pair of nesting birds will make it home. But it's not a tree. Trees are grown, not built.
Community is like that. People can't be hobbled together like Frankenstein's Monster. Community needs to grow, and the Experimentory provides the time, space, and care required. Students work side-by-side in class, share meals in the Dining Hall, make plans for free time, try out one another's favorite past times during co-curricular time, learn to live together in the dorms, and form countless memories.
|A random fun walking back from
Community isn't just a side benefit of our summer program. It's the context for maximizing our character: learning things like cooperation, compromise, kindness, respect, and more. It's also an essential part of boarding school life -- which is why it will come up again in our next Sampling Deerfield post.
|Here's just one setting for forming community: our daily sitdown
lunches. For more, visit the our Experience page.