There are two main goals of camp
The first is to balance the conventional authoritative relationship between adults (teachers) and youth (students) with a more collaborative one (peer-to-peer). Once upon a time, or at least in an idyllic past, youth were exposed to a wide range of adult activities. That is, kids knew more grown ups than just their parents and professional teachers. Not that parents and teachers aren't great. They are indispensable and practical, respectively. But youth need exposure to and inspiration from the lives and projects of diverse adults. They need real life examples of how to remain creative, active, and weird in the coming years.
The second goal is to inspire teens to take creative action. Our recipe is total freedom of activity mixed with a dynamic environment. Given freedom and resources, learning becomes something pursued rather than dispensed.