Our Olympic games stands out as a true picture to why Chen-A-Wanda is a remarkable place. Victory is not defined by wins or losses. It is defined by our effort. If you can truthfully say, ‘I did the best I could, I gave everything I had,’ then you’re a winner. Today our campers gave it everything they had. Every camper put their heart and soul into each battle and gave it their all in every competition. The battles were fierce, they were fun and in the end it was the undeniable effort that made today such a standout day. In between the rain, we played hard, had fun and in the end supported one another. When you walk around camp, in the midst of hearing all the chants and cheers during all the games, you also heard “great job, amazing effort, proud of you.” There is something equally valuable to encouraging those around us that actually feels better than getting the win.
Being part of a community that comes together and supports one another regardless of the outcome is what makes Chen-A-Wanda Olympics so spectacular. Tonight was the Apache Relay and everyone from our Freshmen campers to our CIT’s, play an integral role. Each individual makes up the team and everyone counts. No matter if you had run around the quad track holding hands with another camper, leap frog from the lake to arts & crafts or ride a bike to the finish line, the team depended on you. Tonight, Gold Singapore finished Apache by hitting that pole first as Max Secular rode his bike on to Camp Rd. knowing that 1st place was in sight. Blue New Zealand ended the relay in 2nd place only minutes behind. A moment that stood out tonight was as the entire camp was down at center camp and Both Blue and Gold had already finished the race, the entire camp started chanting “Let’s Go Red, Lets Go Red”. These cheers came from every camper and every staff member, not just those on the Red Team but the Blue and Gold were right alongside them cheering them on. The cheers and chants were deafening and we here at Chenny, leave no man or woman behind. Just a few minutes behind Blue New Zealand came Red Chile’s last cyclist, Mack Schnell who was greeted by all three teams cheering him and his team on. The excitement to finish the race was amplified by each member of the team knowing they had a part in something bigger than themselves. It is the essence of belonging to a team and the importance that we all finished this race together. The cheers were electric as each team hit that pole and the pride that accompanied completing Apache filled us all up with a joy that is indescribable.
When all is said and done, it’s not the shots that won the championship that we will remember, or the home runs that matter but the way we treat one another and the respect we all have for our Olympic Games. All of our campers are sleeping peacefully as they rest their bodies for the last day of Olympics 2016. It all comes down to SING!!!