Why Traditions Matter

We often think about traditions in the context of holidays – some wonderful thing passed from generation to generation each year. However, traditions also come in small-sized, daily rituals and it’s these that are often the most meaningful. Traditions can act like guide posts for rhythms, values and celebration. The truth is- family rituals and traditions matter.

Research show traditions are important for us. They give us a sense of happiness and connection. They create strong memories. They also help us navigate life by giving us something to count on, something to believe in and a sense of belonging with family and friends. It’s that very sense of safety, community and joy that our campers look forward to each year.

Camp is packed with rituals and steeped with traditions – campers love them and don’t ever want them to change! From wild and zany characters in skits to evening campfires held at the iconic and picturesque “Star Rock”, camp’s traditions run deep. One of the most special traditions YSSC holds is that of the nightly tuck-ins. For 47 years, we’ve been tucking in our campers every night. This bedtime ritual is a time for each camper and counselor to connect at the end of the day. Campers get to share their day and counselors listen providing affirmation, words of encouragement, reassurance and thoughtful questions. This deeply personal exchange – which only takes a few moments – sends the campers off to sleep with peace, belonging and a bedtime prayer.

What traditions and rituals are deeply engrained into your family? Talk with your kids about your family traditions. Ask them:

  • What is their favorite family tradition and what does it mean to them?
  • Are there any traditions they’d like to start?

While holiday traditions are some of our favorites, they don’t just have to reside in the Christmas season. Join us as we make traditions matter, each and every day.

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