Words from Camp: Spin For Kids

April 24th, 2017

 

Spin For Kids is Camp Twin Lakes’ annual fundraising bike ride that helps provide life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.  If you’d like to learn more about Spin For Kids, register, or donate to one of our many riders, please visit our website at www.spinforkids.org.  These Words from Camp are from one of our past riders:

“One hundred miles is a long way.  The three of us trained sparingly; a few long rides, some ab exercises, a vow to eat during the race; and we hoped for the best. It was our first time riding the big 100 in a large setting. Sunday morning, we arrived, super-pumped in our hearts and tires, at beautiful Camp Twin Lakes. The people to greet us and direct us where to go were the kindest and most encouraging I’ve ever met at a cycling event. Their smiles calmed our nervous selves, and their snacks fueled our antsy bodies. We took off and quickly fell in line with another rider, who fast became our riding buddy for the duration, and a new friend. We rode with him, swapping who was in front, always reconvening at the amply stocked and amazing rest stops. Together, we slurped down locally pickled pickles, pre-sliced fruits, and bananas slathered with peanut butter, as they always should be.

Our new riding buddy told us his story and how he came to be involved with Camp Twin Lakes and Spin for Kids. He said a few years ago, he had done the 5 mile, then the 27, and this year thought he might as well try the full thing. He spoke of his daughters with love and adoration, and also anticipation of the post-race party. He cheered our tired butts on at the stops, and told us how strong we were when all I wanted to do was stop and nap. We cycled through neighborhoods where folks cheered us on and church goers in their Sunday best smiled at our sweaty, spandex-clad selves. On we rode to the finish line, where, I think we were just glad to be off our bicycles. We watched our new friend cross the finish line and whistled and cheered right along with his family, all of us frankly astounded we had just covered 100 miles using our bikes and bodies. We were so grateful we had the support we did throughout this ride, and humbled by the incredible cause. Most of all, we were inspired by the brave, amazing people who participate with Camp Twin Lakes in any capacity. I feel so fortunate to have been involved in this organization, and cannot wait until next year.”

http://www.spinforkids.org

25 Reasons to Work at Camp Twin Lakes

February 25th, 2017

1. Live, play, and work in the great outdoors.

2. “The people!  You not only get to meet the most incredible kids ever, but the friendships and bonds you make with other staff members are so powerful.” -Becca

3. Become a child’s hero.

4. “Aside from how fun camp is, you learn transferable skills that can help you no matter what field you are in, making you a more marketable candidate for future jobs.” -Morgan

5. The view from your “office” is pretty great.

6. Free food all summer.  Also, churros.  Enough said.

7. Better fashion: tall socks, tie-dye, bandannas. The brighter the better, man.

8. “For me, it’s simply the opportunity to influence so many lives in a unique way.  It’s incredible to see the impact that one week of camp can have on an entire year and realizing that we can create enough energy and positive motivation to get them through.  Being on staff at CTL provides a true chance to change the world one camper at a time.” -Sean

9. Get wacky!  Learn how to not take yourself too seriously and prepare for fun!

10. “It’s the one place where you don’t have to be afraid to be different!” -Ananya

11. You’ll be greeted everywhere you go all summer with high fives and side hugs.

12. It’s the only job where wearing friendship bracelets in your twenties is socially acceptable.

13. “Camp repeatedly gets you out of your comfort zone and shows you what you’re capable of!  You are constantly challenged and put in new positions that you have to learn to adapt to.  Camp taught me to not only focus on the things I am already passionate about, but to explore new ones and make the most out of those things.” -Allie

14. “You go in expecting to impact campers’ lives for the better, and you do, but they also end up changing you!” -Genevieve

15. Camp builds teamwork skills like no other.

16. Learn how to be a great role model.

17. “We get to show campers that they aren’t just a number, or a statistic, or what society has told them they are, but that they are special, and loved, and are NOT defined by their disability, illness, or life challenge.” -Weston

18. Try new things!

19. It might help you find new direction.

20. Watch as kids overcome challenges and conquer the rock wall, their swim test, or making new friends.

21. “Camp will prepare you in ways you cannot even imagine.  You will learn how to work with others effectively and efficiently, become a leader, form a network that will extend outside of camp, experience a love and bond with every camper you come in contact with, learn how to empathize, learn how to manage your time, to put others before yourself, and most importantly, how much your presence can truly impact someone else.” -Alysia

22. Disconnect and embrace the outdoors.

23. Contest-worthy Chaco tan lines.

24. “Camp is a place that challenges how you interact with the world, where you play an instrumental part in creating normalcy and fostering community within campers who may otherwise feel isolated because of their condition.” -Hannah

25. Have the BEST SUMMER of your life!