Why This Might Be the Most Important Camp Your Child Ever Attends

GRIT Camp starts Monday at Calvary Day School, applying expert principles in excellence and motivation to the unique challenges of youth.

GRIT Camp starts Monday at Calvary Day School, applying expert principles in excellence and motivation to the unique challenges of youth.

Ben Freakley knows a few things about motivation.

Currently the mental performance coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, he’s made a career out of helping others dig deep to cultivate their mental strength, and turn that strength into accomplishments. His resume speaks for itself, a 15-year CV that runs the gamut from NCAA Division I head soccer coach to mental performance coach for special operations forces.

In short, he’s an expert in excellence. And now, he’s using that expertise to help Savannah-area youth find their own path to greatness.

“I’ve spent my life working with elite athletes and soldiers, and time and again I’ve had the opportunity to be on the front lines around courageous, ambitious people,” said Freakley. “We don’t arrive at these things by accident, we cultivate them. I want to start doing that at younger ages, where kids can see the challenges and opportunities before them and embrace them. I think there’s a great need for that right now.”

To address that need, Freakley founded GRIT Camp, running July 10-14 at Calvary Day School. Geared toward middle school and high school students, GRIT applies the same principles Freakley has used to cultivate mental strength across his long career. But crucially, it boils them down into concepts that can be easily grasped by a younger audience, and have a long-lasting impact on their future.

The G, gratitude, encourages students to make an appreciation for what they have been given part of their everyday lives. The R, resilience, teaches that by committing, competing and creating students will always find a lesson waiting at the end of every trial. The I, inspiration, encourages students to live a life that will motivate others, making their own motivation infectious. Finally T, toughness, brings it home by giving students coping mechanisms they can utilize to undertake even the most difficult tasks.>

“Talent and IQ are not the best predictors of who’s going to make it,” said Freakley. “Those who have the ability to set long-term goals and have the stick-to-itiveness to do it every day are the ones who make it.”

While the program draws heavily from Freakley’s background in athletic motivation, it does not necessarily narrow its scope to excellence on the field.

“We’ve created a curriculum for kids in the area regardless of their sport or whatever they may be into, whether music, art or anything like that,” he said. “It’s for anybody who wants to see their kids do better…. We want it to be a contagious message, that getting better is not a destination. It’s a process.”

Registration is still open, and the cost to attend is $200. Click here to register!