Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. It’s estimated that 75% of the population has this fear to one degree or another. It ranges from being nervous speaking to others to full blown knee shaking fear in front of a crowd. Chances are, if you don’t suffer from this yourself, you know someone who does.
So, how can a summer camp help you get over glossophobia?
First, Camp Up with People (CUWP) is a summer camp that is based off Up with People, the internationally renown performance group. As such, a large part of our program revolves around performing arts. At the end of each session, our campers will present a show which tackles themes such as diversity, inclusion, and current social issues.
Being on stage itself is a wonderful way to confront those public speaking jitters. If you can perform in front of a crowd under the bright lights with a big smile on your face, you are well on your way to being able to tackle any public speaking challenges you may face in life. The themes of our show also helps our campers overcome their hesitance. Many of our campers are passionate about these issues and, by allowing that passion to be the lense through which they perform, many of our campers find their confidence and lessen their fear of being in the spotlight.
Why is this a big deal, my camper isn’t going to be making speeches in “real life”?
No, your camper may never again stand on a stage and deliver a soliloquy, but chances are they will have to present to a group at some point in their college and professional lives. What you learn standing on the stage with CUWP can be easily translated to organizing a group for a project or pitching an idea to a colleague. These types of interactions require a confidence and sense of leadership that we hope to promote in all of our CUWP campers. However, this isn’t only fostered through the performance. Leadership is also a large component of our program.
Our Leadership components help our campers realize that there are many facets to being a good leader and gives them the opportunity to practice those skills with their cast mates. Collaborating and co-existing with campers from various countries, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, religions, and beliefs forms a large part of our leadership development. From helping to direct and motivate each other on the stage, to skills challenges and courses at our sister camp, Camp Horizons, to participating in community service our campers have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills and grow in confidence and as individuals.
We look at Camp Up with People as much more than a performing arts summer camp. We look at it as an experience. For more information on how we can help foster confidence in your camper, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.