A Place to Fail and Grow
At White Stag, you are removed from the familiar every day environment of home and school. No one knows your background or history. Your natural self gets to shine because you are among strangers who do not prejudge you in any way. All the assumptions that others have developed about you based on your past are forgotten.
White Stag fosters an environment where experimentation is encouraged and failure is tolerated as the normal course of personal growth. We teach that anyone setting goals may fall short, but that it is better to shoot for the moon and, when falling short, catch a star instead.
We treasure the legacy we have built up since the program was founded in 1958, but we not believe in tradition for the sake of tradition. We continually strive to apply critical judgement to everything we do. When a new idea is conceived, we may try it out to test whether it helps us to teach leadership more effectively. If it hinders or distracts us from that purpose, then we don't retain it.
We don't have a boilerplate schedule that we use every year. We believe our youth staff experience the greatest amount of growth when they have to plan the summer camp program and learn what works and what doesn't work.