“Your camp’s environment has been among the most positive external influences in our daughters’ development to date.”
“I want you to know how proud and overwhelmed I am with the experience [my children] received at Camp Champions! I knew I had great kids, but this experience not only affected their lives, but mine as well. I didn’t understand how to allow them to be kids, how to enjoy life without my constant hovering. I am so overly impressed with every aspect of Camp Champions, that I myself cannot stop thinking about it and sharing their stories day after day. My children had a BLAST! I cried at the closing ceremony, when I finally got it—my children are children, they are growing up, with or without me, and this is the time of their life that they need these important steps for their future.”
Parent, Colorado Springs
What Is A Champion?
“A Champion is a torch, shining brightly, in the darkness, bringing warm light wherever it goes. And, in doing so, giving those blinded by darkness a chance to see…”
“We got home and talked about the 4 R’s. I really appreciated feeling your personal involvement. I know my boys are different people because of the relationships and experiences at Champions. For that I am most thankful!”
“I like that the kids are completely disconnected from technology. They love the time spent with their cabin mates. It is tremendously gratifying to know that the kids are in a place where they can take risks and succeed or fail in safe environment. Our kids grow so much emotionally when they are away at camp. Camp is where they can be genuinely who they are. Sometimes that is hard in a middle/high school environment.”
“Being a camper at Champions for several years myself has afforded me some of the best and happiest memories of my life. Our daughter (who will be there for her 5th year in 2 weeks) lives and breathes the place. She cannot imagine spending her time anywhere else and looks forward to adding an extra week next year when she is old enough. We treasure Camp Champions and those of you who dedicate your lives to creating CHAMPIONS on the inside and the outside!!”
Parent & Former Camper, Memphis
“I have no problem dressing up in a crazy costume in front of 3000 students or getting up and singing a song in front of my class…I feel lucky because I know that my life is not bound to El Paso, I have people who care about me all around the country. I watch what I say and do around younger students because I now know that they do look up to me…” continue reading
High School Aged Camper
“Trojan/Spartan wars are just one example of the friendship, compassion and fun that make Camp Champions so amazing. But, above and beyond the fun, Responsibility, Reaching Out, Reasonable Risks and Respect are lessons you will use for the rest of your life…” continue reading
8th Grade Camper
It offers no real informational value, but in context it says everything about what camp can mean to each person who gets the opportunity to be here. A former videographer of ours was a graduate student at the University of Texas who had never been to camp before, so he took a summer off from his studies to do our film work. All summer he had trouble describing the value of the experience to his friends and family, so he made this video to be fill the void of the letters that he couldn’t quite put into words. His description is below.
“Over the course of the summer I promised many people I would write them a letter from camp. The only thing I actually mailed was a traffic cone, but that’s a different story. Each letter I tried to write would get stuck at the same place: camp is (fill in the black). Fun! Awesome! Great! Each of these is absolutely true, but they all tend to paint the same picture. One that can easily be applied to a number of other subjects. Swimming is also fun, awesome and great. Camp, however, is so much more than that. But how do you describe it? The word “it” seems to work, but only for those that have experienced camp. This video is an attempt to be a visual letter home; to capture “it” in a way that words simply cannot. It’s for everyone that has tried to tell friends and family what camp is like only to have them reply “three weeks sounds like a long time.” It isn’t. But how do you make them understand that? Is there a word, or anything, that can really describe what it’s like? probably not. But this is as close as I can get. And this is what I would like to write in my letter home."