What if I’m not “good” at that?
This track is designed to create a great experience for kids in a particular area of learning. If the subject area happens to be the one that doesn’t come most naturally to a camper, that’s okay. Remember the goal: to develop a positive piece of knowledge, skill, and/or disposition about the topic. Every student benefits from a positive association about a topic, especially when they have previously felt weak in that area. If we can even just create a positive memory or story about a topic, that goes a long way.
As an example, one of our camp directors has always struggled with foreign language. An otherwise excellent student, he never had a truly positive experience with it in school, just frustration and at times embarrassment. We suspect that far too many students go through school and never have a meaningful or memorable positive experience in a particular subject area.
We think camp is the perfect place to change the association a camper has with a tough subject. First, our counselors make everything fun. But the other cool part is that we design projects that are fun regardless of the result. If the hypothesis of the science project isn’t met, that’s okay. If the leadership role isn’t perfectly fulfilled the first time, nobody’s keeping score. “Failure” is only “failure” if nothing is learned and no fun is had, and we can guarantee that both learning and fun will occur.