Camp offers many unique opportunities for children to challenge themselves and step outside their comfort zone. These milestones provide a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence to all of our Matoaka campers.
The last few days at Matoaka presented many such opportunities. On Wednesday, the entire camp traveled to Saco, Maine to the Funtown Splashtown amusement park. There, many of our campers rode a roller coaster for the very first time. Many were our Junior campers, but a few were our Seniors who took a bit longer to work up enough courage. Camp gave them the self-confidence and support to try something that frightened them.
This is a daily occurrence at Camp Matoaka. Every period, of every day, a camper tries something new that may have once frightened them. Just today, we had a camper with a severe fear of heights scale to the treetops in our Ropes course and traverse the catwalk. Staff and campers on the ground cheered her along offering words of encouragement, and then giant hugs when she returned to solid ground.
Not all fears have to be adventure based. Just being away from home for the summer can be a challenge for campers of all ages. And so it performing onstage in front of all their peers can be difficult for a camper. Tonight’s Dance and Fashion Show was the perfect showcase for campers to get onstage and demonstrate what they’ve learned and accomplished this summer. Some may have a bit of butterflies in their stomach before taking the stage, but the sense of achievement and rush of joy when they walk off stage makes it all worth it.
There is no safer place to step outside of one’s comfort zone than summer camp and Matoaka Magic provides that extra boost of motivation for our campers to do so.