Not a day goes by where I don’t witness a moment that tells a story of why this experience is so profound. In Color War, there is ample opportunity to bear witness to greatness, strength, grit, determination, sportsmanship and selflessness. Today was no different and I was blown away at one of these many moments I am so fortunate to be present for. It happened at the pool where the girls were competing in a swim meet and one camper was a bit panicked and nervous for her portion of the relay. She didn’t want to let anyone down but was so fearful she would be the reason her team wouldn’t win the race. I overheard her telling her counselor how nervous she was and what that counselor said back was just beautiful and inspiring. She said, “The most important thing is that you get in that pool and try. Don’t ever let fear stop you from your greatness.” These moments are just so powerful and they go way beyond what happens here. I watched that camper jump in the pool and finish her race. She found her greatness in finishing that race and not letting any self doubt stand in her way. What a lesson that she will carry with. her way beyond this color war. Fear can’t stop our greatness!
Knowing what Color War means to our campers, makes these 5 days not only emotional but it inspires each of us to dig down deep and reach our own potential. Every one of us matters. Every point we score helps our team move closer to our goals. You can see it on their faces and feel it in their effort and hard work. Your kids are finding strength inside themselves they didn’t know was there. You would be beyond proud of them. The cheers of victory are deafening and the anguish of defeat is real. This Color War matters to each of us and it is providing meaningful competition and pushing ourselves when we think we can’t, we are being encouraged knowing that we can. When we think we’re tired, we get up and push harder. Crazy to think about the impact this Color War has on each and every one of us. It inspires us, it motivates us, and teaches us that we can do great things together.
This Color War is so close and the teams are within a mere 24 points of each other. Yes, only 24 POINTS – We have had 4 full days of competition and a mere 24 points separates us. A shoutout to our Division Heads for some pretty amazing splits. It is anyones game as these teams head into Staff Game Night. Our campers cheered on our staff tonight who competed in soccer, basketball and wiffleball. Every game was like watching game 7 in the NBA finals or a Superbowl. The energy was intense and the spirit was high. There isn’t a camper or staff who isn’t giving it their all and pushing it to the limit. It is an outstanding Color War and with just 1 more day to go and the scores so close, it is anyones game. So here is to 1 more amazing day of exhaustion, exhilaration, competition and meaningful moments. The ride may be coming to an end but we are determined to make every single moment count.