I am one of those "camp people."
I grew up going to camp in the summer, couldn't wait to become a volunteer in high school, and have worked at summer camps until three summers ago.
One thing I always loved about camp was that everything always revolved around teamwork. Whether you had to get your cabin to complete some ridiculous challenge, or you had to collaborate with other staff members, there was always an element of team.
Due to the fact that there was typically a boys section and a girls section, the staff teams were always equally represented by men and women. I never once questioned someone's gender in their leadership role, as it was essential to have both male and female leaders to effectively manage the campers and guests.
We were not perfect by any means, and my next post will be about where we went wrong a few times, but all in all I am grateful for the examples of teams that I was given. Through my many summers as a counselor, manager and leader I was always struck by how the directors of the camps invested so much time and resources into developing leaders of integrity. I was not looked down on for being a woman, in fact I was encouraged to speak up and use my skills in order to develop younger leaders. I had male and female mentors, and was taught by both as well.
These experiences have shaped a lot of who I am as a woman, and as a Christian. It shapes my current perspective in my workplace and in my personal life. Teams function well when all voices are included and valued, what does gender have to do with it?