“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sail, and go explore, dream and discover”. Mark Twain.
We’re coming to the end of another great day here at CM. We have one more activity to go (Menominee Squares, now that you ask), and that will be that. We are doing the Squares out in the Gully (as I write this)as we continue our efforts to keep most of what we do at the moment outside. Menominee Squares is Tic-Tac-Toe by another name, and this version is being run by the CITs as I write this.
After playing hard all day (another hot one, btw), it is something of a relief to be able to slow things down and sit quietly and listen to the show.
This might be the opportunity to explain our philosophy and what exactly we do here. We are a competitive sports camp, and as such we try to teach the boys the right way to win and the gracious way to lose. We explain to them that while winning is a great feeling, losing is something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Losses come in all forms: exams, love, driving tests, sports and more, and there is no getting away from it. Coming back strong from a loss is all important, and it is in those times that one finds their inner strength and resolve. At that point one needs to work hard to find a way to win. Maybe learn what it was that cost them last time, and make a pledge to practise hard to put right any faults, and thus get better. I’m not suggesting that any of this is easy: sometimes it is , and sometimes it is not, but it is the attitude that one brings to the table that will determine how difficult or how easy things will be going forward. That is what we are trying to teach in the Big Ten activity periods, which we then put into practice in King of the Camp. If we add on all the other things that we do here, we’d like to think that the, ‘boy you want your son to be comes home from Camp Menominee’.
So we have a lot to do this summer, and I’m happy to say that we have started the right way, and all is well, so safely rest.