Director’s Blog – June 24, 2015
The smiling children in this picture have a great reason to be doing so. They are standing atop the Scissors Tower – which is no small feat. The tower challenges climbers to traverse rocks, ropes, tires and ladders. Up and up they go, with the ultimate goal of heading back down to the ground via an exhilarating ride via zip line. They came, they saw, they conquered.
Every day, Airy campers are invited to take on challenges of all types. Scaling the Scissors Tower, strumming a new chord on the guitar, mastering a stroke at the pool, or coming through in the clutch during a league game in basketball.
Camp provides the safe, supportive place where children can attack a challenge without fear of failure. At Airy, our campers’ confidence is bolstered by the high level of instruction provided by staff, and also by a supportive network of bunkmates and friends. I am proud to count myself among the boys who overcame obstacles or achieved a “milestone” at Airy. I learned to swim at camp. I slept outside in a tent for the first time at camp. I hiked in a creek, ascended a fire break, played soccer against a Brit, and delivered a camp reflection at services. Without the support of staff and fellow campers, none of that could have happened. Because I wasn’t afraid to fail, there was no doubt in my mind that I would succeed.
Borrowing a popular phrase around here, campers are able to find their “inner awesome.” I also believe that staff find some of their own inner awesome at camp while helping campers find theirs.
So tomorrow may be my day, or another camper’s day, to take on the scissors tower. Or audition for the solo. Or take the deep water test. In a place like this, success is sure to be the end result.
Director, Camp Airy
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High: 82°F | Low: 70°F
Today was a perfect camp weather day, capped off by a chilly night.