Catapult memories by Nikki

Imagine this: You’ve graduated from grade 9, terrified to be going into high school and you get a letter saying you’ve been chosen to attend a leadership camp along with 50 other complete strangers for a week away from home.. I had never spent that long away from home before so I was very scared.

Keeping all that in mind, I want to know how it is even possible to walk into a camp at the beginning of the week not knowing a single individual, and seven days later cry like you never have before because you don’t want to leave. I have never heard of a camp that has been that impactful, have you?

Catapult has become my home away from home since the summer of 2012 right before I started high school. I have gone back every summer since then, as a camper and then a junior counsellor hoping to improve my leadership skills year after year. I learned to work in a team, I built upon my communication skills, and even attempted to overcome my fear of heights (still working on that one!)

Every counsellor and camper at Catapult becomes family. No matter what happens, a counsellor has got your back. Every camper becomes your number one fan in everything that you do and achieve. Day by day I grew closer and closer with everyone and every night at family shares I got to know everyone just a little bit more than before.

These friendships that are built at camp do not fade away, I can promise you that. My roommate that very first year at Catapult is one of my best friends to this day. She is someone who I am grateful to have met and I think I speak for the both of us when I say thank you to the person who decided to pair us up together!!

I am so thankful to have gotten the chance to be a part of the Catapult family. The week flies by so quickly before you know it and if there is one thing to keep in mind, it’s to try to enjoy every single second and learn as much as you can before you head back home and apply all your new knowledge to your everyday life.

Nikki S