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Lessons from the Early Bird

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Rise and Shine, Summer Campers!

Early wake-up calls may very well be a common occurrence for you during your summer camp stay, whether it's for a morning hike, fishing trip, or just to enjoy the peace and quiet before the day begins. As the saying goes, “The Early Bird gets the Worm.” But why do we say this age-old proverb and where did it come from?

The phrase “The Early Bird gets the Worm” seems to have originated in the 17th century, but it's not clear exactly where it came from. Some say it came from a book of proverbs that was published back in 1670. Other folks contest that it was Thomas Middleton in his 1605 play "The Second Maiden's Tragedy" who first used the phrase.

Regardless of its beginnings, “The Early Bird gets the Worm” has become a popular idiom, often used to emphasize the importance of being proactive and taking advantage of opportunities before they disappear. The phrase has been used for centuries, passed down from generation to generation, used in literature, speeches, and everyday conversations.

This phrase is often associated with successful people who wake up early to get a head start on their day and make the most of their time. This association has further fueled the popularity of the phrase and its widespread usage.

More often than not, being proactive and seizing opportunities can lead to great success and unforgettable experiences. So, set your alarm clock a little earlier, pack your gear, and get ready to make the most of your day – because as the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm! Thanks for reading, Camp Folks! And, as always, Happy Camping!


- John

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