The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest is in full swing for this year. We’ve been announcing our lucky winners and sharing their stories right here on the Blog throughout September. And today, I’m announcing our first of the three $50 gift certificate winners! Today’s winner is….
Congratulations, Alexander! You’re our first $50 prize winner! Alexander played a really interesting, new game this summer with his friends at Pathfinder Camp. Read about it in his Contest entry right here:
Spending my summer days as camper, CIT, and then counselor at Pathfinder Country Day Camp in Montauk, I have many great memories. However, the memories I cherish the most were the ones that inspired my imagination to run wild. My brother and I were in a small friend group of four. So naturally, when Harrison, the leader of the friend group, had a new game for us to play, we complied. However, this game was different. There were no cards, pieces, or video game cartridges necessary. The game was all in our imagination.
Harrison stated our origin story and gave us all classes. The game was similar to Dungeons and Dragons, but less planned and more subjective. Everyone got a separate turn with almost endless possibilities. One could battle an enemy, visit a town, learn a spell, talk to people, adventure into a dungeon, etc. While your fortune and misfortune were heavily dependent on Harrison’s mood, the game was fair enough to be fun. Many other kids were intrigued and joined in. Turns often intertwined, allowing our imaginative selves to work together. For example, one time my brother got sick and needed a healing talisman. However, after obtaining the talisman he got possessed by a spirit and had to be saved by our other friend, Charlie.
A child’s imagination is a powerful tool. I never got the same experience at school. Only Pathfinder helped foster the right environment for such imagination and life-long bonds between friends.
This game is intriguing to say the least, Alexander! How cool that you and your friends can devote yourselves to the same plane of imagination as one another! Glad your time at Pathfinder Day Camp was a success! If Pathfinder sounds like the right camp experience for you, give it a closer look by clicking here. Tune in tomorrow when I reveal who our next winner is. As always, thanks for reading!