Taking a Gap Semester in the Spring
by Shai Rosenfeld
February 11, 2021
February is Black History month, and it is also Gap Year Exploration Month. Many providers come together, Gap at Glen Brook included, to provide more information to potential gappers about the benefits of taking a gap year. Whether increasing your own awareness and skills, serving others or exploring exciting destinations, there is a gap year for everyone. You can find out more about our program here.
While we are having conversations and fielding applications from potential 2021 fall gappers, we are just two weeks away from welcoming another spring cohort! The spring semester is unique many ways, not in the least the physical journey it takes from winter into spring. Starting in bitter cold and snow and leading to a blossoming and rebirth.
The current pandemic has gappers arriving into the program from a period of isolation and stillness into the warmth of a budding community. They learn to share meals and responsibilities, tell stories and stoke their inner fires and actual fires. If weather permits we may even enjoy Maple Sugaring in March!
Fall gappers October 2020
These late winter and early spring months are a time of seeding and preparing our land for the summer. Gappers are sowing and working the land so that others can enjoy the fruit (and vegetables!) of their labor in the summer and fall. They earn the grit and confidence to invest in the world around them. Through experiences, workshops, discussions and projects they can take big steps in considering their impact on this world and who they would like to be.
With colleges still closing their doors to in-person interaction it is the perfect time for young people to make an investment in their future and take a gap year or even just a semester. At Camp Glen Brook we are so grateful to be able to offer a space for authentic human connections, now more than ever, with Gap at Glen Brook and Summer Camp running in 2021 despite the challenges in our way.