For those of you who didn’t go to Panther Town, it was from November 19th through the 23rd. There was about 120 students and staff members that attended the camp. In those five days we watched the counselors preform skits, had a field day, watched a movie, and did many activities involving race, gender, stereotypes, sexuality, and disabilities. This trip was such a huge eye opener and it truly changes the way you think about yourself and others around you.

For just the price of $70, we got fed every single day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between, had our own cabins to ourselves, a shirt, and a journal. In the end, everything I had to do to be able to go to Panther Town was totally worth it. The minute we got to the camp, we instantly started bonding and making friends with the other people that went. The bonds that were created through those five days came out so much more important to me than a bond i had with someone for a few months, or even years. We bonded with one another on a deeper, emotional and physical, level than you normally would with other people you would see walking around school.

The  activities that we did really showed us how complex people and their lives can be. We watched each other step forward or backward based on their privilege, we watched each other stand up for things we would have never imagined that they had gone through, and we watched each other struggle and work through fake disabilities. The counselors performed well thought-out skits that really made us think in a different way than we normally would.

Panther Town is something i would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. It is truly an amazing experience and you have completely different way of seeing the world and the people in it. If you are a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior, I would make going to Panther Town one of your goals for the school year to come.

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