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Summer Camp Challenge:
The rock climbing wall is both a metaphor and real-life challenge.
It signifies both a physical feat that requires strength, endurance,
and flexibility, and a testimony to the growth that k...
Most kids cannot climb
the rock wall
when they first show
up, but in just 4 weeks,
many do.
During the course of it,
they go through
a few phases.
Upon first spotting the rock wall
it seems like nothing more than
an insurmountable task.
Sure, the older kids can do it,
but not all of them.
Some of the counselors can, too.
This is an amazing accomplishment
that only truly incredible people can do.
However, this point-of-view changes
when someone quite normal does it.
Nothing helps someone succeed
like seeing another person
complete a task …
… especially if it's someone who
they should be able to do things
better than.
At coed summer camp, boys see a girl climb,
and then they are all suddenly like the runners
who followed Roger Bannister i...
By being exposed to new groups of people
and challenges that are not present in their daily lives,
children find that when...
This is transposed in all aspects of their lives.
When children get to the top
of the mountain (or rock wall)
they get a different outlook on life.
Everything that was a certain way
before they achieved this feat
is no longer the same.
Something in them changes
from what they knew
they couldn't do into
an endless list of open possibilities.
The view from the top
is really different.
Among the many great success stories
of those who have climbed
the rock wall is David Katz.
David grew up in NewYork City
and is the younger brother of Matthew Katz,
whose accomplishments are so long
that listing t...
Always standing in the shadow
of such an amazing sibling, it was hard
for little David to see the opportunities
one can on...
However, one day at camp,
away from his big brother's influence
and glaring spotlight, he decided to attempt
the rock wall.
Naturally, he was not able to ascend
the great beast on his first try, nor the
second, but counselors and campers alike
be...
Encouraged by this esprit de corps,
David spent many hours working his way up,
meeting small goals of climbing
to just the...
And when he did, the entire camp
came together for a grand celebration.
David Katz has since climbed
greater mountains (Columbia University
being one of them), but this first one
is the one he r...
Let your child have the summer camp Rock ClimbingWall
experience at CampWaltWhitman.
Learn more at
www.campwalt.com
Camp Walt Whitman
1000 Cape Moonshine Rd
Piermont, NH 03779
603-764-5521
cww@campwalt.com
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Camp Walt Whitman, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is the best coed sleepaway camp available in New England. Boys and girls from 2nd grade into their teens have the time of their lives participating in sports, water activities, outdoor recreation and the arts. Coaches, teachers and professional instructors oversee the large number of programs offered. Children make friendships that last a lifetime at Camp Walt Whitman. Visit Site: http://campwalt.com/

Camp Walt Whitman
1000 Cape Moonshine Rd
Piermont, NH 03779
603-764-5521
cww@campwalt.com

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  1. 1. Summer Camp Challenge:
  2. 2. The rock climbing wall is both a metaphor and real-life challenge.
  3. 3. It signifies both a physical feat that requires strength, endurance, and flexibility, and a testimony to the growth that kids who attend overnight summer camp go through on their way toward becoming young adults.
  4. 4. Most kids cannot climb the rock wall when they first show up, but in just 4 weeks, many do.
  5. 5. During the course of it, they go through a few phases.
  6. 6. Upon first spotting the rock wall it seems like nothing more than an insurmountable task.
  7. 7. Sure, the older kids can do it, but not all of them. Some of the counselors can, too.
  8. 8. This is an amazing accomplishment that only truly incredible people can do.
  9. 9. However, this point-of-view changes when someone quite normal does it.
  10. 10. Nothing helps someone succeed like seeing another person complete a task …
  11. 11. … especially if it's someone who they should be able to do things better than.
  12. 12. At coed summer camp, boys see a girl climb, and then they are all suddenly like the runners who followed Roger Bannister into the glory of running sub 4-minute miles.
  13. 13. By being exposed to new groups of people and challenges that are not present in their daily lives, children find that when they go to camp they are doing things that would have been otherwise unimaginable.
  14. 14. This is transposed in all aspects of their lives.
  15. 15. When children get to the top of the mountain (or rock wall) they get a different outlook on life.
  16. 16. Everything that was a certain way before they achieved this feat is no longer the same.
  17. 17. Something in them changes from what they knew they couldn't do into an endless list of open possibilities.
  18. 18. The view from the top is really different.
  19. 19. Among the many great success stories of those who have climbed the rock wall is David Katz.
  20. 20. David grew up in NewYork City and is the younger brother of Matthew Katz, whose accomplishments are so long that listing them here would make this piece unreadable.
  21. 21. Always standing in the shadow of such an amazing sibling, it was hard for little David to see the opportunities one can only spot in the sunlight.
  22. 22. However, one day at camp, away from his big brother's influence and glaring spotlight, he decided to attempt the rock wall.
  23. 23. Naturally, he was not able to ascend the great beast on his first try, nor the second, but counselors and campers alike began rallying behind him, cheering him on, and suddenly it was as if his success was their own.
  24. 24. Encouraged by this esprit de corps, David spent many hours working his way up, meeting small goals of climbing to just the next grip on his way to the ultimate goal.
  25. 25. And when he did, the entire camp came together for a grand celebration.
  26. 26. David Katz has since climbed greater mountains (Columbia University being one of them), but this first one is the one he remembers as truly the ultimate challenge.
  27. 27. Let your child have the summer camp Rock ClimbingWall experience at CampWaltWhitman.
  28. 28. Learn more at www.campwalt.com
  29. 29. Camp Walt Whitman 1000 Cape Moonshine Rd Piermont, NH 03779 603-764-5521 cww@campwalt.com
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