Tracy Bachmann | July 13, 2017

This Matters

Friendship, unplugged, fun, outside of our comfort zones, nature, becoming our best selves. This matters.

I was recently talking with a father of one of our campers. He shared how his son was receiving a LOT of pressure to attend the summer clinics of his chosen sport. The coaches were holding out starting position offers like bait, and head-shaking shame if this boy chose a path different from the one they were suggesting. Fortunately for us, the boy (and family) didn’t take the bait.

We have staff here who still remember when Division I athletes would come to Highlands. Our program director remembers how during free time, these athletes would pull out every heavy object at camp to haul around Senior Row. Meanwhile, they were also leading trips through the wilderness of the north woods; teaching boys the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving one’s goals; and modeling for them the honor dignity of being a well-rounded human being. Not just an all-star athlete.

This father I was speaking with said the decision for their family was an easy one. “My son is not going to be a professional athlete. So skipping the summer sessions should not feel like he’s sacrificing a career. Five, ten years from now, none of that stuff will matter. THIS matters.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Better, Worthwhile, Highlands,

4 Responses

  1. July 13th, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Love this!! Let the kids be. Let them work hard and achieve things and fail at things and have some fun and learn hard things. Let them be better than the other kids in one area and worse in another. It’ll be ok. They will learn to appreciate their fellow humans so much more. 4 weeks at camp is the best thing in a boys life. Being a boy. Learning from other men. Figuring out who they are away from the ball field. Finding an identity that has nothing to do with their home life, or school life, or sports life. It is just purely who they are. Love Camp Highlands for that.

  2. Mary Sennott-Shaw says:
    July 13th, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Wise words from a wise dad!!! Well thought out decision! Bravo, Sir to both you and your fortunate son! I can think of nothing that gives a young man better or more tools for life than summers (the more the better) at Camp Highlands.

  3. July 14th, 2017 at 5:55 am

    We need to remember to let our children live in the present moment. It’s gone in a blink.

  4. Kris Milner says:
    July 21st, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Highlands is the best! John drove there this week from his job in Fort Worth, Tx just to hang out after being a camper and counselor for 10 years. Highlands Ra

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