“Extraordinary Times” July 26, 2017 “We are, indeed, living in extraordinary times, when the very existence of fact is challenged and people are questioning the institutions we depend on. So what I say to you matters — if only in the sense that I try to speak honestly and with integrity about what I believe to be true.” An excerpt of the Deerfield Honor Society induction speech, written by Ms. Helen Crowley, a teacher at Deerfield High School As a camp counselor, I wake up each morning with incredible responsibilities: a responsibility to keep my campers safe and healthy, to love and care, to promote kindness, and, above all, a responsibility to instill ethics and morals. I emphasize this idea of ethics and morals because it is not something to be taken lightly. It is these attributes that dictate our daily actions, that guide us to ultimately be who we are and what we will become. I have come to learn that we must condition our ethical self — like anything. As a ballet dancer, we practice our pirouettes and plies. As a Track athlete, we run repeat 400s and distance training. As a musician, we rehearse for our concerts and performances, perhaps playing the same few songs over and over again. I’ve come to notice that we emphasize strengthening our talents and passions, often forgetting to strengthen the foundation of who we are. So, at Camp Marimeta, it is our mission to cultivate the ethical being inside of each one of our girls. A Marimeta Moral: Stand up for what you believe is right, even if you are standing alone. It is often in the face of adversity or conflict that our ethical self is questioned: Do we do what we know is right or do we act against this inner voice? At Marimeta, we pride ourselves on encouraging our campers to act by what they know to be right, to be moral, to be ethical. While we recognize that this strengthening takes time and patience, we believe our young ladies will be more prepared for these “Extraordinary Times” in which we live.