Hello out there in Rotary World...
Happy New Year!
Hoping this finds you all warm and toasty after this past week’s deep freeze.
Many of our campers and their families are looking forward to the open houses at camp that are coming up. You may wonder why campers and their families come to our open houses when they already know about the camp. We encourage this as it is a safe, happy, fun-filled place for the campers and their parents to visit. Families will often stop in to “visit” when they see the Open House schedule. Even though this sometimes means putting out a few extra snacks, it is a sweet expenditure if you are here to view the interactions between the old and potentially new campers.
Having campers, who have experienced camp, come to an open house seems to have become our best form of advertising. A hesitant family can quickly become “believers” when they hear another camper and their family describe their positive experience. Campers can be very convincing to other campers, while a content and satisfied parent or caregiver can be very persuasive to a new anxious parent. We really enjoy watching conversations develop between former campers and new prospective campers, then watching parents fears’ begin to diminish as they speak with other parents.
For those of you out there who are parents, you understand the dynamic of vulnerability and the fear that accompanies it. For those who have nieces and nephews, you may have watched your own siblings struggle with children’s vulnerability. I watched as my special-needs brother, Jimbo, who is now approaching his fifties, trusted everyone he came in contact with — not always with a great outcome. To instill caution is to take away that innocence. Sad, but very necessary.
To all those who have trusted us with the care of their most vulnerable, thank you for your trust. I hope that you will always have the faith in us that you have shown. We will continue to set goals for constant improvement and, with your support, we will meet them. All of the brochures in the world do not match the emotion that a former or current camper can evoke in a stranger by regaling them with happy summer camp tales and friendships made.
Stay warm and come by to visit...we love to see you!
Yours in Camping!