If you’re a “ballot parent”, last night’s blog may have been a difficult read. Although two young men were chosen, twenty were not.
As parents, we feel their pain, the disappointment, the heartbreak. We know how much he was counting on this and worry about how he’ll cope. Will he be ok?
Yup. Absolutely. That’s a promise. It’s for sure.
Let’s rewind to last night, when the captains were announced….
Two were over the moon with happiness. But most of them were anything but that.
When the twenty came back to the room, a few looked a bit shocked, while others put on a good face. There were some who had heard for years that they would be Captain, but this was not how the plan would go.
Then the counselors took over. There were hugs and sit-downs, or even a walk on the porch. Remember, these guys are theirs, when you’re not around.
Twenty good friends were in the same boat. They headed back to Sky II, joking along the way. Within minutes, they were back to themselves, talking about the Color War ahead.
We call this bounce-back-ability. It’s what kids learn naturally, when we’re not around to orchestrate the outcome. It’s one of the great lessons of camp.
The second most valuable lessons will be learned tomorrow, as Color War begins. It’s the lesson of leadership. It’s spelled like this:
You don’t need a title to lead the team.
Being a leader is a decision that you make. It comes from within, through a commitment to the team. The best leaders do what it takes for others to succeed.
In Skylemar time the Election was a week ago, and we’ve moved on. Now it’s time to go to sleep, for the Captains are out “pinning” tonight. When you wake in the morning you’ll find either a red or gray ribbon under your blanket to determine your team. And then, let the games begin!