This Sports Center piece I bought a few years ago is the pinnacle of the entire summer camp experience. It is so much more than just an art piece. It’s an experience that I want to take on more than any summer camp experience.
The experience of going to a summer camp is not only physical but mentally as well. It’s like starting a new job or learning to live in a new city. You’ve got to be able to push yourself to the limit, and that’s exactly what you’ll start with at camp. You have to become stronger mentally, physically, and morally. It’s hard to imagine going to camp and not being able to hit the wall.
For me, being a part of a summer camp experience means a chance to use my skills, time, and energy to help others. To help people in need. To grow in ways that I never could have thought possible or imagined when I was growing up. I want to do my part to make that happen.
Camp is one of those things that you have to be so committed that you don’t want to leave. Sure you can pack it in for an entire summer and then spend the next year in your apartment, but not if your commitment is so strong that you want to stay the entire summer. Camp is an incredibly intense activity. And you have to do it to help others. If you don’t, you’ll end up like me, sleeping with a bunch of other people or watching them do it.
The Camp we know as Camp Quest began in the late 70s, after a tragedy in the Seattle area left dozens of people dead. Nowadays its the home of Camp Quest in Southern Oregon. Its a camp for boys who are in the “big leagues” of high school, and they have to go every summer for three weeks. They get to spend the time outdoors, and they get to do all kinds of fun things.
Camp Quest has a pretty standard layout that many people seem to think looks like a typical high school gym. First off the kids have to work out. Then they have to do team sports. Then they have to do a lot of campy things like climbing, rappelling, and even running. The camp takes over a huge portion of the school’s athletic facilities, and it’s the only camp outside of school that is allowed to hold open gym.