The O-AT-KA Advantage…Priceless!
One of the privileges that I have as Executive Director of O-AT-KA is the opportunity to talk and share with numerous Alumni, Parents, Campers, and Friends. They speak fondly and reverently of the Camp’s past, its present, and its future. The praise of O-AT-KA falls into several categories discussed below:
- O-AT-KA allowed me to grow-true to myself. There is not a cookie-cutter blueprint for success at camp. There are many paths to nirvana and unconditional support of the campers and staff to grow in the direction of their true passions and beliefs. Thus, you see cabin-mates and best friends – one an outstanding athlete, the other a tremendous artist – each supporting each other’s growth and dreams. An oft repeated phrase is O-AT-KA allows me to be my true self.
- I have many friends, but my closest friends are from my time at O-AT-KA. Present campers return opening day and immediately renew friendships from the previous summer. The beauty is that each summer the circle grows with new boys added to the mix. It never ceases to amaze me that Camp is a close-knit community that is completely absent of cliques – thus the growth of unconditional life-long friendships. The unity and bond that the alumni speak so lovingly.
- O-AT-KA challenges and supports at the same time. Be it a craft, JMG, talent night, or a new Galahad level, Camp challenges us to strive to set and meet goals. It creates a plan of deliberate introspection, perseverance, and humility and inclusive sharing in attaining a goal in the microcosm of a summer camp that enables us to take on all that life offers and challenges. When adversity strikes you can draw upon this vast well of experience and strength.
- O-AT-KA is the best kept secret. This is both a blessing and a curse. Our campers cherish their time and experience at O-AT-KA but at the same time are sometimes hesitant to share the news with their friends and peers. O-AT-KA since its inception has been an organization that wants to share its culture of growth and character-building and each and every one of us should be its messenger-share the institution with an ever-widening community.
I encourage you to spend time looking through the Camp’s extensive website. Please use the inquiry form to receive more information including an application, to request a home visit or camp tour. You can also use this form to receive contact information from current camp families that are happy to share their own experiences at Camp O-AT-KA.
I look forward to welcoming you to Camp!
Kyle Tong – Executive Director