Risk is defined in the dictionary as “the exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance.”

But is there such thing as a safe risk? And why do we encourage campers to take them?

At Camp, we define a safe risk to be doing something that pushes you to step out of your comfort zone.

By providing a safe and encouraging environment, we make it easy for kids to try new things, even though it seems scary, because they have the support of their friends and the Tamakwa staff.

For example, jumping out of a tree is dangerous. By doing so, you are taking a huge risk.  Jumping out of a tree harnessed to the zip line, with the trained zip line staff, seems scary, but is very safe because our staff are trained zip line operators.

At camp, we encourage our campers to take safe risks daily. For some, this includes taking safe emotional risks; like going on stage and singing in front of a crowd for the first time. And for others, we challenge them to physical risks: like taking that first roll in your kayak.

Whatever the risk, we believe when campers try new things, they become more confident and independent.

We were reminded of the importance of taking safe risks recently when we saw this post by one of our campers on Instagram.  This camper, who was hesitant to sign up for the 10-day canoe trip,  decided to take a risk and sign up.  As you can see, he was happy with his choice! What new thing will you try this summer?