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Lessons from BANNER

It’s been a little over a month since the last day of camp and we’ve been taking some time to reflect on the unforgettable summer. We are so grateful for each of the campers and staff that spent 2020 with us here at Banner. They brought the best of themselves to our camp community every day and we are so proud of everything that was learned and accomplished. We know that each of us came out of the summer better – happier, healthier and stronger. We learned lessons that will last a lifetime and made memories that will bring us smiles all year long.

Young girl getting ready to shoot an arrow at a target on the archery field

Here are a few of the lessons from BANNER that we hope you take with you this school year:

B – Believe in Yourself

You really can do anything you put your mind to if you believe in yourself. We mean it! This summer, campers learned and tried new things every day. Know that we are always cheering you on and that you can do amazing things in your families, your schools and your communities.

A – Adapt With Every New Experience and Obstacle

Camp was great this summer – different, but still great. Yet, our campers adapted to new activities and new ways of doing things. They made new friends and connected with new staff. We believe that every obstacle and change is a chance to grow and they did just that this summer! When you are adaptable and flexible, you can go anywhere and do anything!

N – Never Give Up

Your dreams can come true. Keep your sights set on what you want, work hard and never give up. You have important work to do in our world. Sometimes things may seem hard, but as Dory once famously said, “Just keep swimming” and never give up.

N – Nature is Healing

Spend time outside. It’s true – nature is healing! Get outdoors, smell the flowers, breathe in the fresh air. Not only does being outside make you happier and healthier, studies show that people that spend time outdoors are more generous and community minded.

E – Enjoy Each and Every Moment

Find something to enjoy in each day. There is so much to learn, see and do. Life is fun! Look for the good and exciting things and you will always find them.

R – Remember the People

Remember all that makes you happy! And most of all, remember the people – your friends, your counselors, your family. This is what camp is really all about and what makes a summer so special. Think about them and send them warm wishes throughout the year. We are a Banner family and we are so happy to have you in it!

Young boy and older man playing the guitar together

We hope everyone is having a fantastic school year and are counting down the days until we are reunited again for summer 2021!