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Every Dog Has Its Day: Finding Success at Summer Camp

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Hey, Camp Victors!

When the moment arrived for the shy camper to take the stage for the camp talent show, her heart began racing and her hands trembled. She breathed in deep, standing in front of the audience, and started to sing her song. Her music filled the air and she noticed her nerves melting away and replaced by confidence and joy.

No matter the dog, it will have its day!

At the end, everyone erupted into applause and the camper smiled wide from ear to ear. She didn’t realize she had it in her but, indeed—at summer camp—every dog has its day!

This phrase is a timeless reminder that success isn’t just for a privileged few, but something for everybody so long as they’re willing to put in the necessary work and persevere. Originating over 450 years ago, this idiom has stood the test of time, finding its way into the lexicon of countless generations.

It was popularized by William Shakespeare in his play Hamlet. The phrase underscores the universal truth that everyone will have their chance to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. But Shakespeare didn’t create this saying.

The proverb's origins trace back to the first century, when Plutarch wrote a similar sentiment: "Even a dog gets his revenge." It was Richard Taverner, however, in 1539 who first wrote a version closer to the one we know. He wrote: "A dogge hath a day."

Over the centuries, the phrase has evolved into a powerful reminder that adversity and setbacks are temporary, and that with patience, determination, and resilience, every individual has the potential to achieve greatness.

At summer camp, each individual is encouraged to embrace their unique talents and strengths and every camper has the opportunity to shine. Whether it's conquering the climbing wall, performing in the talent show, or simply making new friends around the campfire, every camper has their moment to experience success and fulfillment. Thanks for reading, Everyone. And, as always, Happy Camping!


- John

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