This morning, Haleh, the creator of a site known as Aks Bazi (http://www.aksbazi.com/), introduced a project that will bring together campers and people in Iran. The project lasts one week long, and each participant, living in Iran or the U.S., takes one photo each day. At the end of the period, each person uploads there photos. The idea is to see one week in the lives of people living in different places around the world. A Facebook group will also be made between participants so they can have the opportunity to interact and share stories.
Just before lunch, campers and staff faced off in an epic vasati match. Both groups did really well, but in the end, as expected, staff prevailed.
The afternoon has been spent with plenty of free time for campers to socialize before leaving tomorrow. Campers place notes in each others’ paper bags, and listen to music. Others play games. Everyone is preparing for the evening show, when counselors award superlatives, and we honor those graduating from high school.
After dinner, the group rearranged themselves on the quad for pictures. 30 minutes and hundreds of photos later, the group made their way down to the theater space where the ceremony took place. It’s difficult to describe the significance of the ceremony. But what may be difficult to describe was easy to see. Some people smiling, others crying. We still have a half-day of camp, but this evening really felt like the end. Counselors and staff shared numerous stories about how camp had changed themselves and others. The campers left with a feeling that what they were a part of went beyond this single week, back in time to the first year, and into the Ayandeh forever.
Following tradition, we ended the evening with an incredible dance party. Not much to say here, other than the fact that it was an absolute blast, and a great way to spend the final evening.
-Arman C., July 5, 11:59 p.m. Photo credits: Darya M.