“Screen time’s up. No you can’t just finish this level or show your new world to your brother. Turn the (insert miscellaneous electronic device here) off NOW.”
Sound like any given Tuesday at your house? Maybe. But I can promise you won’t hear this at Lonehollow – on Tuesday or any other day! Unplugged from the time they cross the Lonehollow mountain, our campers experience camaraderie, teamwork, compromise, creativity, critical thinking and conflict resolution face-to-face – all skills difficult to cultivate in our technology centric world and all skills critical to leadership and success in life.
Instead of Facebook “likes” Lonehollow campers experience fellow crew members chanting their names in support as they scale a rock wall. Campers learn to work within a diverse group for a common goal. (You should see some of our Oscar-worthy cabin skits!) There is no PowerPoint, so campers seeking leadership learn to present on their feet to motivate their teams. It's where campers put into practice their morals and values learned at home, away from home. It is where the ability to adapt to a new environment, persevere and self-manage, and strengthen emotional intelligence flourishes. It's where skills learned today will gear children for successful lives of tomorrow. And we hope it is where you will be next summer!
For me, I was fortunate enough to find mine early on. After years in the camping industry (in every role imaginable), other careers, children and family, I have to look no further for my true life’s passion than out my own window.
I am right where I want to be – in a place where inspiration, self-discovery, and growth challenge me daily. A place dedicated to providing children with the same level of love and care they receive at home while challenging and encouraging them to unearth their hidden talents and develop their independence, leadership, and confidence. A place where children can build on a foundation from home to identify and grow into the person they want to be.
I believe all parents share a common goal to see our children happy and successful. What better opportunity to help them fine tune their hearts, their minds, and their character than a summer spent at camp!