The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang is over but lots of us are feeling inspired to take up a new sport. Some of us will go on to become champions, the best in our class, the fastest in the year group or even have the chance to represent our country. The rest of us might give it a go and never make it to a competitive level. If we take part, that’s all that matters right? Here at XUK Camps, we encourage competition as we believe it is important in life to learn how to win with dignity and to lose with pride!
You might hear parents, carers and teachers say to the team who came last at Sports Day “don’t worry, you tried your best and it’s the taking part that counts.” Some might say this takes away the pain of losing whereas others might say “it’s focusing on the winning that counts”. During any competitive activities at camp, we want to see our campers cheering each other on and if your team is fortunate enough to win, win with dignity – of course by all means celebrate, but there is no need to rub it in the face of the other competitors. And if it’s not your teams day, please do not sulk, praise the winning team and focus on winning next time!
We pride ourselves in knowing that our campers will become leaders in the future. They need to be hungry for success, in it to win it and get a buzz of off winning. You would not want to come out of a university or job interview and find out you were unsuccessful but at least you took part. Reflect on your performance – what did you do well? What can you do better next time?
At XUK Camps, there is competition throughout the day. It might begin in the morning as a quick competition of which dormitory is the tidiest, or afternoon sports tournaments or matches. Our Evening Activities often promote a bit of healthy competitiveness too – which Activity Group will produce the best sketch in XUK Musical? Which team will utilise their team work skills and come up with a great prototype and presentation to win Dragons Den? In life we are surrounded by competitions. Some we win and some we lose!
Bring on another summer of games, competitions and challenges at XUK in 2018...