Never too young. Never too old.
Two of the youngest family members will be heading off to their first summer sleepover camp: I was thinking of what advice I’d give them.
Look around at all the people in your cabin. Find a person you think you’d like to be like, and think about why that is.
Pay attention to who is kind, who is shy, who is loud.
Avoid people who are mean and people who gossip.
Take your time figuring out who you are.
Accept that you may not be friends with everyone – that’s okay.
Be helpful. Especially notice if the ones who are shy or loud – or even mean – might need some kindness, some friendship or support, even if it’s in the form of a smile or a nod.
Defend the defenseless.
Avoid pride, over-confidence and bragging.
Don’t talk trash about other people.
Be kind – to everyone, your friends and those who are not.
If you do all this, you might find yourself being a leader. That's okay, but be humble. There is always more for you to learn. There are always others to learn from.
You can always ask for help.
Don't be afraid to say no -- or to change your mind.
Trust your instincts.
Come to think of it, I should take my own advice. Anyone should. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you’re doing this summer.
You’re never too young. You’re never too old.