We are committed to encouraging and helping each girl do the very best she can - activity incentives are structured on that basis. We have tennis rankings, water-skiing achievement levels and the like, all rooted on an objective, non-competitive framework. Praise for effort and achievement is given to all our girls, not just to the best competitors. At Birch Trail, competition is not seen as an "end" itself, but rather as one of several means to an end. We believe in competition to test one's skills, to learn the benefits of teamwork and to have fun. We do not endorse competition as a basis for recognition, because equal effort on the part of two or more campers may not provide equal praise. If competition is the primary standard for attention, there will always be "losers". At Birch Trail, everyone is a winner!
Within the positive setting that camp provides, we have special fun days and nights with contests, races and relays. We emphasize relay events especially, since they offer enough "cushion" to avoid the possibility of one or two campers feeling responsible for their team's loss. Here we can capitalize on the benefits of competition through teamwork and without the attendant stigma of losing. At Birch Trail, everyone enjoys the satisfaction of success! – less–ZoomInfo