A Student Poem to Vindicate Our Mission

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Super Camper and poet Alexa with camp directors Ben Koch (left) and Justin Vawter.

by Ben Koch

As part of our NuMinds gig, Justin and I direct a mixed-age, choice-based summer camp.  And, just like Justin and I don’t quite fit the norm, our camp doesn’t quite fit the mold of your everyday camp (CampPursuit.com).  Not being marketing gurus, we try again and again to articulate what makes it such a unique experience for kids:

“It’s like a mini-university–students choose 4 courses from our course catalog each week, based solely on their passions, NOT on their age!”

Or

“Teachers create and teach super specific inter-disciplinary courses that THEY are passionate about, and that passion becomes contagious.”

Yes, we’ve got some descriptive and detailed marketing copy, but nothing quite captures the essence of our camp experience like the testimonies of the students and parents who have experienced it; especially when that testimony comes in the form of a thoughtful, heartfelt poem.  In her words, she “woke up Monday night after camp and couldn’t go back to sleep.”  She “just started writing this poem.”  At Tuesday morning’s assembly, Alexa shared her poem with her fellow campers, and we now share it with the world as the perfect vindication that our mission for a real, inspired learning experience is being realized.

Here’s Alexa’s poem.

Camp Pursuit

Camp Pursuit is number one

Our day is filled with learning fun

I may have bonked my head a little

But Camp Pursuit’s not skittle dittle

From myths and tests and programming

To Egypt, sculptures, and cooking

Swing on in to learn something new

Your blood’s not red; the sky’s not blue

We’re curious we’re big and smart

Our IQ level’s off the chart

Our creativity is put to the test

At Camp Pursuit we never rest

The young ones are smart; don’t let them fool you,

And probably more creative too

From bar to bar we jump in level

We love to learn, explore, and play

I wish that I could be right here

A little mastermind like devil

I wish I could be here all day

Every hour, week, and year

Now this is the final test

To see who is the very best

And while our numbers just keep blooming

We leave our competition fuming

But although we know they try so hard

So when you need a summer camp

Camp Pursuit’s the number one champ

They miss the cutoff by a yard

PS. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat

It was probably just a rabid rat

Brilliant!  Thank you, Alexa, for sharing your poem.  For more information on Camp Pursuit visit CampPursuit.com.  We run year-round programs and are looking to expand our summer camp to new areas in summer 2016.