Camp Woodland Blog

Advice from a Snowflake


Since most of the country has experienced a “deep freeze” this month, I find myself revisiting one of my favorite camp memories of waking up to a warm fire on a cool morning (Thanks, Chet!).  Warm your heart until we can be together again with some good advice from a snowflake (and some awesome photos taken over the holidays at Camp Woodland)!

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.  -Albert Camus


Advice from a Snowflake*:

  • Celebrate your uniqueness: No 2 campers are alike and that is a GREAT thing!  At Camp Woodland it is cool to be different; there are many opportunities to share your special gifts.  “Stand out and you will fit right in!”

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  • Take time to chill: Rest hour is a favorite time of day by campers and staff alike.  There is nothing like kicking back on your bunk to take a nap, write a letter, read a book, draw a picture, or play a quiet game.  Leave refreshed and ready for the afternoon’s exciting activities!  Too bad rest hour isn’t part of the daily schedule at school or work…

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  • Appreciate small wonders: the smell of a campfire, the call of a loon across the lake, the sight of a deer bounding into the woods, the awe of an eagle souring overhead, a family of ducks swimming close to the water’s edge, the sun setting over Sand Lake…

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  • Keep your cool: At camp, we learn to overcome any minor frustrations by focusing on the positive of a situation.  It wouldn’t be realistic to think that the camp experience is conflict free.  The investment campers make by taking the time to problem solve, work it out, compromise, and move on are great life lessons!

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  • Look what we can accomplish when we stick together!:  Finding the “Mother Lode” during Gold Rush, creating the favorite Song Contest entry, being the team with the most spirit at Olympics, performing on stage for Co-Ed Show, and executing a synchronized ride for the Horse Show are just a few examples of working together as a team to do something AMAZING.


  • Sparkle: Camp is your place to shine!  Campers tell us that they discover the best version of themselves at Camp Woodland.  Find out for yourself and join us this summer!

*borrowed from Training Wheels Spokesperson E-Newsletter, 12-31-14