Everything I Need To Know…
Posted on April 25, 2017
There’s a great poem by Robert Fulghum titled “Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” You can read a copy here. We spend so much time talking about the value of what our campers learn each summer at camp that we thought it was time to do a tribute to Robert Fulghum’s classic poem. So we’re proud to present Camp Mohawk’s version of:
Everything I Need to Know, I learned at Summer Camp.
Much of what I really need to know about how to live, I didn’t learn in a book or sitting in a classroom. I learned it playing with friends at camp.
- I can make good decisions for myself.
- Living with other people requires compromise.
- Learning to say ‘I’m sorry” and sincerely mean it.
- Making my bed every day.
- Clean up my own mess.
- Getting messy can be fun.
- Don’t overpack!
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Having someplace in nature to escape, whether it’s for a few hours or a few weeks, is good for you.
- Write letters. People still love getting mail!
- Trying new things is fun, even if they don’t turn out to be something you’d want to do everyday.
- Sometimes being able to laugh at yourself is the best medicine.
- Everyone should take the time to act silly —even grownups.
- It’s okay not to be the best at something as long as you try really hard.
- Just because you don’t succeed the first time, that doesn’t mean you should give up.
- It’s not difficult to smile and say ‘hi’ to someone you don’t know. And there’s a very good chance it will brighten their day.
- New friends are great! Old friends are just as great!
- Be proud of who are you and where you come from.
- Traditions bond us to others forever, no matter where we are in the world or how much time has passed.
- You have the power to choose whether you have a good day or a bad day.
- Just because you day doesn’t get off to such a great start doesn’t mean it has to end that way.
- Try new foods!
- No one wins all of the time. It’s what you take away from the game that matters.
- Having a routine is a really good way to stay organized.
- Words are very powerful so think about what you say to someone else before you say it.
- If you judge people by what they look like or what they wear you’ll miss out on some amazing friendships.
- Cheering for others is just as fun as being cheered on.
- Every great thing comes to an end. But the memories of it last a lifetime.
The world would be an awesome place if everyone went to summer camp!