With less than a week to go, some of you might think we are in the winding-down stage, quite the contrary.
Today may have been the most amazing day of the summer. As I stood between our playing fields, I could not decide which game to watch or where to stand.
The Camp Takajo Olympics are in full swing. The spirit is at an all time high. As I bounced around from activity to activity, I watched the Warriors compete in an all-camp track meet. Campers cheered for one another, and boys encouraged their teammates to run their fastest and try their hardest for the good of the team. As each boy crossed the finish line, whether he won or lost, his teammates mauled him with hugs of encouragement. I saw some of the best basketball from our Senior boys today. One game ended on a last-second, heroic three-point shot, which will remain etched in the minds of those who witnessed the epic feat for eternity. As our boys raced across the campus wearing their green or grey bandanas, they were greeted by high fives or a casual, “How did you do?”
When I think about the life lesson we hope to teach at camp each summer, I think about a day like today. A day when our boys learned how to be members of a team, how to win or lose with grace and dignity, and above all, how to keep the thrill of competition in its proper perspective. As the sun sets over Long Lake and the sounds of Tattoo echo across the campus, we pause and give thanks for this amazing day. We can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow!