The summer is off to a great start. It’s hard to believe that we are celebrating our 60th summer. Milestones are a great reason to celebrate, create new programs and special events, but what’s most important is the impact we have made on thousands of children who have spent their summers at Crestwood.
For 60 years, Crestwood has been driven by the words, “We Make a Difference.” It means our goal is for the Crestwood experience to change lives for the better. With the most mature and professional staff in camping, we create a community based on acceptance that is safe and nurturing for our campers, where they are encouraged to try new things, take risks, challenge themselves and break out of the ordinary. Our staff works hard to get to know your child as an individual and help them find the extraordinary person within.
While every decade brings changes to Crestwood, the goals and mission remain the same. The valuable social and character building experiences learned at camp are still the core of our program. It’s hard to say the same thing about how children spend their other 10 months. The world has changed so much since we were kids. In this world of common core, ipads and iphones, and an overprotective society, we can only hope that our children will develop independence, perseverance and other vital social skills.
In light of these changes and other studies about today’s youth (which you can read more about on our website), we feel summers spent at Crestwood are more important than ever. That is why prior to last summer, we created a new mission statement and core set of values (The SUPER SIX) based around these “non-cognitive” social skills. We want to be clear with our families, staff and campers about our focus at camp. While improving skills on the sports field, art room or on stage is fun, building character and helping children grow socially and emotionally is what we are all about.
One new way we are being clear and “intentional” about our goals is with our new SUPER SIX certificates. The SUPER SIX values are: Acceptance; Sportsmanship; Individuality; Focus on the Effort over the Accomplishment; Independence; and Respect. From time to time throughout the summer, campers will receive one or more certificates that will acknowledge these values. We hope as a camp community we can celebrate our children’s efforts to be “awesome” kids as much as we celebrate their “deep water bracelet”, a home-run or a lead role in the play. For some of our younger groups we have rephrased some our Super Six into words that our campers will better understand.
Our mission statement is CRESTWOOD – Where Acceptance, Respect, and
Individuality Empower Children to be Creative, Collaborate with Others,
Develop Independence and Cultivate Lifelong Friendships.