Labeling OSC as a “sports camp” is a complete understatement. The Olympia experience has always been (and will forever continue to be) more substantial than just a place to send children to practice their skills and to own their craft. Olympia, for me, has always represented a beacon of positivity that allows me to be the best version of myself.
From the moment you walk onto the OSC grounds, you are instantly welcomed into the Olympia family. I have had the great pleasure of attending Olympia as a camper, and most recently, as a counsellor. The reason I keep going back dates back to my very first Olympia experience. I attended the Week 3 Competitive Swimming Session in 2015, and it completely changed my life. Not only did I get to work alongside National Level Coaches, but Olympia also works on ensuring that these kids will grow into amazing human beings. Olympia teaches you confidence and collaboration. To live as a team player and to always push yourself outside of your comfort zone. It teaches you to be beings of sharing and to let the light inside you shine. Most importantly, Olympia teaches you to be the Hero of your own story. Now I may have stopped swimming competitively, but I never forgot these valuable lessons that I learned all those years ago.
My next great experience at OSC was just this past summer. I was honoured to have been chosen for the 3-Week Leadership Program, directed by the amazingly brilliant Greg Rogers. This opportunity allowed me to shadow coaches and staff, where I learned how much goes into changing the lives of this camper. It was at this point that I knew I wanted to be a counsellor at OSC. I was very fortunate to have been asked to come back after the program was over to work amongst the staff of Olympia.
From basketball to paintball, from glee to magic, from aqua sports to survival, OSC has it all. Whatever program you decide to take, you will leave camp with valuable life lessons, great experiences, and a lifetime worth of friendships. Oh, and maybe some new skills and tricks along the way.
-Ethan Hurtubise, Proud Member of the OSC Family