The procedure was generally to turn left, shake a hand, turn to the pew behind me, shake a hand, turn forward, shake a hand, and turn right to hug my mother. All together, the peace lasted about twenty seconds before our Very Reverend began the offertory. Before camp, I thought of the peace as the seventh-inning stretch of a worship service.
The primary driving force at all Shrine Mont Camps is building an inclusive community, where everyone feels safe and loved. No one cares if a MAD camper misses a line at their final show, or if a St. Sebastian's camper still can't dribble at the end of their week, as long as each camper felt like they were a valued part of camp. The peace is a time when campers and counselors take time to make everyone feel warmly welcome, so no one is satisfied with the look left, look back, look forward, and hug your mother. Instead, aisles are cleared in a cacophony of loud greetings and warm hugs, as each member of the congregation strives to hug every other and tell them personally, "peace be with you."
*One way to think of the problem is n is the number of people shaking hands, and n - 1 is the number of hands each person will shake, since they won't shake hands with themselves. If you multiply these, it will give you the total number of handshakes both given and received, so you need to divide by two to get the unique handshakes.
He is working to end guitar hegemony at camp, and plays the accordion wherever a camp will let him.
Off the mountain, David resides in San Antonio and works as a middle school math teacher.