One of the things that makes Lenox so incredible, is the sense of camaraderie and support that is almost palatable. Yes, Lenox is a competitive camp. They play hard … and the campers and staff and owners love to bring home a trophy, but these competitions are about so much more than that.
Lenox, like the real world, is not an “everyone plays everyone wins” kind of place and because of that these kids bring their all. It doesn’t matter whether their “ALL” is good enough, it only matters that they give it.
In fact, this common understanding that they give it their best shot makes this place feel incredibly safe. Kids don’t seem scared to embarrass themselves or fall short or disappoint each other. In fact, I get the sense that most Lenox campers are apt to try new things or overcome hurdles and fears because they know they aren’t being judged… they’re being supported.
These kids are encouraging and embracing, on and off the field. They champion each other, whether an athlete excels or barely crosses the finish line. I’ve seen it time and time again. The entire camp chanting a single name, not the superstar … the child who seems to be struggling — they rally behind that child and boost him/her. It’s utterly fantastic.
As a result, it seems that each child learns to respect what the other kids bring to the table. Whether it be a winning three pointer or simply the guts to try and get up on water-skis for the first time.
They are in an environment where they’re learning (by example) how to inspire each other and accept each other. Most remarkably, they’re learning something many competitive people lack, the ability to be good sports — to be proud of their efforts and the efforts of others — and that’s worth a lot more than a trophy. But a win is always nice…