The start of a new year is always a great time not only to reflect on what you have accomplished, but also to look forward to the year ahead.  As a parent of two boisterous kids who have camp as their backyard, I often think about the impact that camp has on them. Like all parents, I worry about what the future holds for them and how best to prepare them for the challenges that they will have as they grow older. As a Camp Director, I know the benefits that going away to overnight camp have in developing a sense of independence, good decision making and understanding the importance of perseverance. They also grow to understand the importance of values like caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
My youngest son turned 7 last year and decided he was ready for overnight camp. Like most parents, even though I work at camp, I was worried whether he would truly be ready. I also had the added concern that being literally 500 yards from home would provide an easy escape route if he suddenly decided that maybe he hadn’t made the right decision. At the same time I knew that the experience of camp would be good for him. As a parent, the experience was more than I could have hoped for. I tried my best to stay out of his way as much as possible (as the camp director it wasn’t always that easy). Over the two weeks that he spent in Cabin 1A he made new friends, tried new foods and activities, and for a child that is pretty quiet in school really came out of his shell. The ultimate “ah-a” moment that my work was done, came towards the end of the session. While he was walking away from the trading post with a couple of his cabin mates, I shouted over “hi”, to which he responded with a wave from behind his back in a kind of “don’t bother me dad, I’m having fun” kind of way. At the end of the session, he was excited to come home (mainly to see his dog and catch everyone up with all of the adventures he’d had at camp) and once the school year started, his teachers commented on how much more confident he was.

As we start 2015, we have many exciting improvements planned for camp and will be sharing more over the next few months. Our first open house is coming up soon, it will be held February 8 from 2-4pm. If you haven’t yet signed up for next summer, we hope you plan on joining us again.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime! We hope to see you at camp soon!
Craig Dawson- Associate Executive Director