Hey, Camp Fans!
We’re very excited to post your ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest submissions to share with all our readers right here on the Blog. All participants receive a $15 gift certificate unless you’re one of our seven lucky winners in which case you’ll receive larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100. This week I’m announcing the first four winners of the $25 gift certificates—and today we have our third $25 winner—the grand prize winner of our contest last year, in fact….
Congratulations, Marina! You’ve won again! You’re our third contest winner this year! Marina had a growing experience at Camp Chimney Corners this year. Faced with remedial swimming lessons, she had the choice to pout or to learn a lesson about patience and positivity. Read her important entry here:
“I’ve always liked to think of myself as an athlete. From saying goodbye to training wheels and braving a ride on a traditional two-wheeled “grown-up” bicycle to shimmying up a climbing wall, sports have played an important role in my life.
lThat’s why, when I found out that I had been placed in swimming lessons, I was baffled. I couldn’t believe that I needed assistance for what I considered simple recreational swimming.
lFor the next couple of days, I moped around, complaining to anyone who would listen how ‘unfair’ the swimming test was. When the first lesson rolled around, I grumpily dragged my feet to the waterfront and I continued to be in a noncheerful state, despite the fun name games the group was now playing.
lHowever, soon enough, I found it was hard to stay so uptight for much longer. The instructors were simply so passionate about swimming, and when the time came for my class to enter the lake, I had already broken into a grin.
lBefore camp, I’ve never been someone who was known for their positivity, even though I had aspired to be that someone. Now I am. Having to participate in a class that I didn’t want to take truly showed me how important being open-minded is. ‘Positive Attitude Changes Everything,’ one of Chimney Corners Camp’s most repeated values, is something that I will always bear in mind whenever I do anything, whether it’s brand new or as familiar to me as the back of my hand.”
Thanks again for your submission, Marina. It’s great to hear that camp taught you such a valuable lesson as positivity. It certainly is a powerful thing! For anyone else interested in Chimney Corners Camp, you can check it out right here. Tune in tomorrow to hear the fourth $25 winner and come back next week Monday when I’ll announce our first $50 winner. Once our winners have been announced they’ll receive an email with the gift certificate code. And, as always, thanks for reading!