Why Outdoor Adventure is Important

August 22nd, 2016

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As a camp counselor, I’ve always been surprised by the wide range of lessons that campers take away from the outdoor adventure activities at camp.

 

Some campers benefit most from building a sense of self-reliance and resourcefulness. Others particularly enjoy the non-competitive aspects of the activities, which combine the adrenaline of sports with the positivity of teamwork. And of course, some campers just like having fun in the sun.

 

Regardless of interests, everybody at Camp Starlight gets to benefit from outdoor education. Nature, like adventure, is universally meaningful — and universally fun.

Personal development

A camper must learn to trust themselves before they learn to trust others, and outdoor skill-building is one of the greatest ways to build self-confidence.

 

The world is a scary place, and survival skills like fire-starting and shelter-building teach campers that strength comes from within; all it takes to survive and thrive in the world is a little know-how and ingenuity.

 

…Not to mention that knowing a thing or two about how to pitch a tent and read a map opens up a whole new world of outdoor recreation activities for life outside camp!

Teamwork vs. competition

Teamwork is one of the core values at camp, and nothing builds trust and communication between teammates quite like working together to solve the fundamental human needs that outdoor exploration puts us in touch with. That being said, outdoor adventure still requires a high level of teamwork, even though the objective isn’t “beating” another team.

 

There are no winners and losers when the goal is to make a campfire or build a cool shelter; it’s campers against the wilderness, rather than campers against campers. Students learn to work together to conquer a challenge, without worrying about accomplishing anything more or less than their absolute best.

Finding our place in the world

When it comes to outdoor adventure at camp, the “outdoor” side is at least as important as the “adventure” side.

 

Adventure is all well and good, but the raw experience of being in nature is what makes seemingly simple activities like hiking and camping so memorable. Particularly for campers coming from the city, a reminder of how small we all are in the grand scheme of things can be immeasurably valuable. The great outdoors are important for everyone. After all, it’s wild woods, crisp air and clean water that makes Camp Starlight such a special place to “get away from it all!”

Can-do attitude

Whatever particular aspect of outdoor adventure captures a camper’s imagination, they are guaranteed to walk away with a new sense of empowerment. We live in a fast-paced and quickly changing world, and the outdoor experiences at camp leave campers ready to tackle the world with creativity, determination, and humility. Just get outside and try it!

Photo of the Day

August 10th, 2016

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Greetings from Camp Starlight

August 9th, 2016

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Photo of the Day

August 9th, 2016

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Humans of Camp Starlight

August 9th, 2016

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Kaylene, lifeguard. “It’s [the lake] so beautiful, calming and relaxing. It’s really picture perfect.”

Photo of the Day

August 8th, 2016

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5th Grade Boys Tennis Scores

August 7th, 2016

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Sport: Boys Tennis
Age: 5th Grade
Date: 7/30/16

Wayne County Update

Tennis vs. Equinunk

Starlight faced Equinunk in a Wayne County Match on Saturday. Jake K. played 1st singles, Zach P. played 2nd singles, Ben M. played 3rd singles, Reece S. and Jared B. played first doubles, and Shai A. and Sawyer W. played 2nd doubles. Jake K. had a fantastic match! He came back from match point and 3 games down to win 7-5 on a tiebreak and the overall match 9-8. Zach P. played well and showed great signs of improvement but unfortunately came up against a stronger opponent and lost 8-1. Ben M. produced a solid performance throughout and managed to win 8-4. Reece and Jared put on a battling performance with many exciting moments, but sadly fell to an 8-4 defeat. The team of Shai and Sawyer produced the second fight back of the afternoon, coming back from 3 games to capture the match 9-8 after winning the tiebreak 7-5. Overall, the entire team showed great maturity and demonstrated their improved skills and techniques when called upon during their matches.The team as a whole showed great sportsmanship during and after the matches were complete. Final Score 3-2!

Humans of Camp Starlight

August 6th, 2016

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“Music makes everything better. There’s nothing quite like a guitar at a campfire, or even just playing your ukulele as you walk around the fields.”

-Stuart, Music Specialist

Day 1 Olympic Scores

August 6th, 2016

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4th Grade Boys Baseball Invitational

August 6th, 2016

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Sport: Boys Baseball
Age: 4th Grade
Date: 7/22/16

Wayne County Update

4th Grade Invitational Baseball

The 4th grade boys had a good showing in their baseball invitational on Friday. Finn M., Casey B., and Lucas L. had great games on the mound for the boys in blue and white. Ben S. did a phenomenal job behind the plate. Additionally, Ashton K. had a good offensive day. In the first game, Zach S. was hit by a pitch that started an offensive onslaught by Starlight. The boys came back from a 2-0 hole in the final at bat of the first game to win 6-2 against Indian Head. In the next game, they beat a second Indian Head squad 5-2, before losing in the final 2-0. Great job junior boys