It’s difficult to continue improving at any task, skill, or job if you stay within your comfort zone. Much like a diamond is created through pressure, we all grow when we experience a healthy amount of stress and are given the tools and testing ground to learn how to manage it successfully.
That is why each summer since 2013, a select group of FYR athletes from across the nation are chosen to participate in a weeklong camp outside of Boulder, CO. They are the most dedicated teens from their Local Clubs, and are selected to further develop their leadership potential.
Camp FYR is an opportunity for youth from different areas and backgrounds to grow, learn, have fun, and bond over hard physical work, problem-solving, and shared experiences. This sleep-away experience is a total change of environment for these athletes, most of whom never have a chance to leave their neighborhood. This helps to facilitate a change in their behavior, gets them out of their familiar habits, and provides them with just enough stress to help them grow.
They’re exposed to workouts, workshops, team-building exercises, and journaling that help them learn to handle adverse situations. They work specifically on mental toughness, grit, perseverance, self-talk, goal setting, nutrition, emotional intelligence, and overcoming challenges.
Led by FYR staff and volunteer guest coaches, including former Olympians, elite athletes, CrossFit Seminar staff, military personnel, first responders, and FYR coaches, these youth learn lessons needed to be successful in life.
While participating in obstacle courses, hiking, kayaking, along with traditional functional fitness workouts, Olympic lifting and gymnastics clinics, and a service project, the teens work together to accomplish things they never thought possible.
From overcoming a fear of heights to sharing some of the most difficult moments of their lives around the campfire, the athletes stretch themselves and expand their leadership capacity. They realize that difficult workouts, life circumstances, and current challenges are manageable. These teens embrace the belief that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to and have the tools necessary to create a positive future.
These impressive young adults are chosen through an application process complete with a recommendation from their coach and essays of their own. And although camp only lasts a week, the growth campers experience is immeasurable.
Camp FYR is FREE for FYR athletes, which is made possible by our generous sponsors, partners, donors, Local Clubs, and volunteers.
We want to give more youth the opportunity to participate in the camp and continue their self-improvement journey.
To help us send more teens to Camp FYR.
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It moved my heart to see kids at camp determined to make a difference in their lives as well as those around them.
While camp is created for FYR athletes, I came away with just as much inspiration – if not more.
Camp can change these kids’ behavior, beliefs and outlook. It teaches them that they’re able to define life on their terms.