As camp owners and directors, we wholeheartedly believe in the value of the summer camp experience. This belief, however, runs much deeper than our current job titles. Both of us grew up attending summer camp as children and we both worked at summer camps as counselors. We experienced ourselves (and then witnessed first-hand) the positive, life-changing impact that summer camp can have on boys and girls of all ages.
However as parents, the value of camp is priceless. Both of our sons, Charlie and Carter, have been long time campers at Highlander and our daughter Catherine will continue that tradition after Kindergarten. Year after year, we have seen our sons transform, grow and mature and develop in ways only possible through their time spent at summer camp.
They have made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories, but the greatest imapct for them was found in the constant that camp gave them. Coming back to Highlander year after year has built a resilience in them that we have been fortunate to witness as our oldest began college this fall. Because of camp, he has thrived in a new world with confidence and strength.
In a world that is ever changing and evolving quicker than ever before, we strive to give campers a place that feels like a constant in their lives. A place where they can return to year after year. A place that doesn’t demand the perfection of the world, but extends grace to grow; a place that never changes. Because no matter what is going on in the world around us, camp stays the same. It is a place where children feel comfortable to be themselves and still be loved.
As parents ourselves, we firmly believe in the practice of preparing your child for the road – NOT the road for your child. As such, we aim to partner with our camp parents, coming alongside their efforts at home to build boys and girls who are prepared for the unpredictable road of life ahead. Day in and day out, that is what we work to accomplish at Camp Highlander – and that’s what summer camp, as we’ve seen and experienced, can accomplish better than almost any other event or program or life experience.
Prepare your child for the road, not the road for your child.
We truly believe that every child, if at all possible, should attend summer camp – whichever summer camp that may be. And while we hope that Camp Highlander is the best fit for each and every family, including yours, we know that simply will not be the case. So, whether it’s Highlander or one of the countless other incredible camps in the country, we want to encourage you to send your children to camp! There is no greater, life-changing gift you could give them.
Bryan and Melissa Fitzgerald
Owners, Camp Highlander