In the military we say, trying to defend in every direction is like defending in no direction. We know that 5 days is not a lot of time to make an impact. As such, we believe our bid for success is focusing on 5 basic virtues, integrating them in everything we do, and providing every young person that stands in The Arena a blueprint for success.
Our children are surrounded not just in the physical world, but the online realm as well, with things vying for their ‘loyalty’. Amid the issues as we see them, our children do not understand what loyalty means. In otherwards, our children often misunderstand the difference between blind devotion and true loyalty.
In The Arena, your children will examine case studies of loyalty as a virtue, verse misguided trust as a behavior. They will be equipped with the tools to build personal and institutional relationships founded in mutual trust and loyalty.
We want our children to achieve. We want them to find something to be proud of. Honestly, I would be excited about any skill from exceptional penmanship (yet to happen), to sports champion. I want them to have pride in excellent work, no matter how grand or small. More than that, I want them to learn to show their pride appropriately.
In The Arena, your children will develop a great awareness of their inherent value as a person, and their growing set of respective skills. They’ll also be shown how their communication of such worth is received by others. They will navigate the space between pride and bragging daily. Of course, 1 habit is rewarded, and the other…reflected on.
In today’s world, children are searching for self-worth in every place except themselves. Every “like” on a post gives more possession of one’s worth to others and less to their own intrinsic value.
In The Arena, children will be individually challenged. From these challenges, they will build confidence. Then, they will face obstacles within a team. The friction they experience together will build camaraderie. Then, the virtue of courage begins. That seed of courage in oneself will begin to grow. After 5 days, no matter the age, if nothing else, each child will be equipped with the ingredients of courage.
What we want for our children is to grow into people of character. I want my children to be virtuous, because if they are, everything they work for in life is possible. Everything we want for them – quality friends, love, fulfilling work and more. If we’re lucky, they may even avoid making some of the same mistakes we did.
In The Arena, your children will be exposed to countless examples of integrity throughout history. They will have an opportunity to see it in themselves during the challenges and obstacles provided. By the end, they will be able to recognize Integrity in action.
One of the most valuable gifts we have is knowledge. The chief tool for actioning this gift properly is self discipline. Thus, a disciplined thought repeated through action over time will be virtuous (paraphrasing Aristotle).
In The Arena, your children will be exposed to critical knowledge regarding nutrition specifics, strategic exercise and more. As a result, no matter the age, each child will be able to: think about a nutrition plan, generate one, and provide a prediction of what the habit of said plan will lead to. No doubt a 12-year old’s prediction should sound different than a 15-year old’s. The lessons are scalable, and the outcomes will differ. However, our expectations remain the same; Max Effort.