Being Bold

Ruth C., age 11

Cabin: Falling Star

What is boldness?  Well, it’s not just having courage.  Boldness can also be standing out, being an individual. You don’t have to just blend in.  Boldness is also moral courage.

For example, pretend you’re on the water tramp at beach period and your friend suggests diving off, even though you are not supposed to.  The “brave” thing to do would be to say, “OK, I’m game.”  However, the bold thing to do would be to stand up for what’s right and say “Hey, that’s not safe. Let’s not dive, just jump like we usually do.”

Boldness is standing out from the crowd. You don’t need to be self-conscious or anything, just be yourself.  That might mean wearing hot pink, or singing really loud in the shower, but you should never be afraid to express yourself.  Bold doesn’t mean crazy, just being an individual.

How do we express this quality in our daily lives at camp?  Boldness might be having the courage to go up to the visitor and say, “Hi, are you having fun?  My name is Ruth, what’s yours?”  Boldness might also be sailing alone, being confident that you know what you’re doing.  There are so many opportunities to be bold throughout the day.

Think about bold markers.  They leave behind a thick, bright line of color, whereas thin markers or pens have rather dull colors and thin lines.  Each bold marker has its own bright, wonderful color.  This is like us, each expressing God in our own way as individuals.

Sometimes we might confuse other qualities with boldness.  For instance, have you ever heard of the difference between bravery and courage?  Courage is boldness conquering fear and doing what’s right.  Bravery, however, might just be doing foolish things to impress your friends.  Maybe you had to get over some fear to do it, but that doesn’t make it a good thing.

Some other not-so-good qualities confused with boldness are wildness, loudness, and contradiction.  You can “go against the norm”, so to speak, but you don’t need to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing just to be different. These qualities are just boldness gone too far.  Sometimes a voice needs to be heard, but silence also serves its purpose.  Individuality, courage, moral courage and confidence are all good qualities, vital to boldness.  Boldness is definitely an important part of “The Real Me”.  Let’s continue to be bold, even after leaving camp.