The senseless murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd are a few of the latest manifestations of generational, systemic racism that has plagued our country for centuries. Camp Stevens stands in solidarity with our Black and Brown siblings who are speaking out to say enough is enough.
We support the Black Lives Matter movement. Black Lives Matter.
Camp Stevens’ Mission and Values and Code of Conduct ground and guide our deep commitment to justice. Because we are an Episcopal ministry, we believe in the God-given dignity of every human being. These sacred principles call us to acknowledge the wrongs of our history and act swiftly for a better future.
Therefore, we pledge to learn, listen, and take action, doing our part in anti-racist work.
To our Black, Indigenous, and POC (People of Color) staff, alumni, counselors, campers, board members, and families: we see you. We support you and we promise to elevate and uphold your voices in the upcoming weeks, months, and years.
Our white staff, alumni, counselors, campers, board members, and families have the responsibility to acknowledge their role in racist structures, hold one another accountable, and commit to the work of replacing white supremacy with the Beloved Community.
Join us in learning and growing.
Join us in doing better.
Join us in the urgent and persistent work of anti-racism.
The Camp Stevens Staff and Board of Advisors
The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Diocese of San Diego
The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, Diocese of Los Angeles
The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardin Bruce, Diocese of Los Angeles
The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, Diocese of Los Angeles
Learn more about the racial reconciliation work that the Episcopal Church is doing by clicking here.
Anti-Racism Work Update, July 2, 2020
Camp Stevens’ mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower personal, social, and environmental transformation. Because our mission is at the heart of our community and our work, we are dedicated to following through on our pledge to incorporate anti-racism work into everything we do. Last week Emma talked about how we were going to be taking a look at songs in the songbook and we started doing that this week by researching the history of each song and considering if it aligns with our mission and our pledge to anti-racism.
We have decided to remove Oh! Susanna, Clementine, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, and Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport due to their association to a racist past. This association only serves to perpetuate racism. In the spirit of our mission and core values, everyone should feel welcome, safe, and included in every aspect of camp. Removing songs with racist origins is one way we can do that.
If you’re interested in learning more about these song’s past and why they were removed, please check out the last page of the songbook.