Growth in Adventure
July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017
The Adventure Tower stands 55 Feet tall, covered in puzzling ways to get to the top. Neighboring the tower is our Adventure Swing, where kids get a little taste of free falling – all in a harness, of course!
Although the tower and swing are popular around camp, not everyone gets to experience them…right away. Only our oldest campers can take on the challenge. For children who have attended camp for years, they get the satisfaction of finally getting to climb the tower. For newcomers, seeing the tower for the first time quickly builds anticipation and excitement.
Making what seems impossible, possible, is what we thrive on at camp. The tower and swing are accessible for everyone. For children in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, we have the Misty Chair. Campers are lifted out of their wheelchairs and pulled all the way to the top of the tower. The chair is not automatic. It is hand-pulled by Adventure team members, which keeps the experience focused on the camper’s goal and not on a machine aiding them. The chair is also used for campers who are not comfortable climbing independently. Everyone is able to have the full Adventure Tower experience and see the view from the top.
Climbers are given the option to wear a blindfold while they are guided up the tower by voice. Some choose a blindfold to make the tower a bigger challenge. Others choose it to help with their fear of heights. They get to climb and have the experience while overcoming their fear.
Making memories is just what we do. After tackling the Adventure Zone, counselors and campers reflect on the opportunity to climb, swing and conquer adversity and fears. Then, campers are given a symbol of accomplishment – a bracelet made from rope used to climb the tower. Campers have a memory they can hold onto, and wear, forever.