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Learning to ‘right the ship’ in life

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May 30th, 2009

Unique summer camp blends character-building with fun

By Joseph Antonio NorthBay Summer Camp Manager On one of my first days of work at NorthBay Summer Camp, I stopped to watch the sailing skill class. Suddenly, the instructors told the kids to tip their sailboats, to which they happily complied. I soon realized the instructors were actually teaching the kids how to "right the ship," which basically is a corrective measure to get the sailboat right side up again. You see, at NorthBay "righting the ship" is not a principle that applies only to sailing. During other skill classes throughout their stay, campers are asked to right the ship (make corrective measures) in everything they do. Righting the ship can be seen at the climbing wall, with the kids learning to use leg strength over arm strength. Or with mountain biking, when campers are taught to reconnect the chain by shifting gears and turning the cranks. And especially during the evening councils, when kids are challenged to right the ship in their own lives. Metaphor for life NorthBay campers soon learn that righting the ship during skill classes are simple metaphors for their lives. It may mean taking corrective measures to obey their parents and not fight with their siblings, or turning that C- in pre-algebra to a B+. Or it may mean leaving a group of friends going down the wrong path. What separates NorthBay from other camps is how we teach character themes on a daily basis, such as righting the ship. In doing so, kids not only learn new skills, they also learn life lessons. Along with the laughs and smiles, they learn it s never too late to make changes. To find out how to register your grandchild for NorthBay Summer Camp, visit us on the Web at You can also contact me atsummercamp@northbayadventure.comor call (443) 674-9119.