Letter of thanks to the Grand Secretary
for the donation by Grand Lodge to the "2003 Irish Discovery Team" Project which
took a number of underprivileged children to a "Discovery Camp" in California.
Thursday, 11th September 2003
Dear Mr Walker,
Firstly let me offer my sincere gratitude for your contribution to what has been
an unrivalled success, the Good Shepherd Discovery Team's trip to California
this summer to participate in Anthony Robbins' Discovery Camp. We reached our
target of €30,000 the day before we left!
I could not have anticipated the remarkably positive effect that this youth
leadership camp would have on the children we brought. The camp was the most
inspiring and motivating experience of these children's lives.
Each day was packed with inspirational and motivational talks and activities,
all of which carried the same message: The only thing standing in the way of you
being the very best you can be is yourself. This message was brought home time
and again in the most positive and indisputable way. Guest speakers, many of
whom were children, spoke of their contribution to their local communities and
the wider community of the world. The difference made by these people is
Aside from motivational speakers, the children were taken through a number of
processes, which were hugely symbolic and moving experiences. They were shown
how to rid themselves of limiting beliefs and damaging habits in a logical and
systematic way. They were taught that it didn't matter where they came from or
what they had been through in their short lives, but what they decided to do
with the rest of their lives that mattered.
In short, all of the attendees left Discovery Camp with a desire to be their
best self and with all of the skills required to fulfill that desire.
The thing that impressed me most was that we were taught that one of the most
significant human needs is contribution: a fact that is not very well known.
Everybody went from setting goals that would better their own lives in the first
day or two to setting goals that would contribute towards their community or the
I spent some of the happiest days of my life, watching children that I thought I
knew well develop ambition and confidence in the most positive environment I
have ever come across. I heard them share their aspirations for the first time
in their lives, setting deadlines and definite goals with a determination that
was admirable. If these children choose to follow the advice and use the
transformational technology now known to them, they know that the sky is the
limit as regards their potential. How many children can we say that about?
own goals include exposing as many children and teachers to this camp as
I can so that Ireland will benefit through the efforts of our
fantastic young people. A portion of each day was dedicated to informing the
teachers present of the resources and scientific research available to us. We
were taught a variety of invaluable skills, which enable us to teach faster and
achieve better results in our classrooms. Irish Education needs this knowledge.
I cannot recommend it strongly enough: I wish I had the words to emphasise how
powerful the experience was.
Please rest assured that your contribution towards this cause has benefited
these children in ways that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
The positive repercussions of the trip will undoubtedly unfold and the effect
that it has had on their young lives is immeasurable.
Thank you so much for assisting in its