STAFF STORIES

TYREE - FORMER CAMPER & STAFF 2017-2018

In what ways have you grown or learned at Camp? 

"Camp has helped me in so many ways. Camp has taught me how to use my voice to get what I want but in a positive way. Camp also taught me how to deal with different kids from all three backgrounds such as low class, middle class and upper class. Now I can take that back to my personal work."

What would you say to someone who says you were "just" a camp counselor?

"You are more than just a counselor. You have ten days to plant a seed in a child life. It Is very hard cause sometimes it get real emotional once it is time for that kid to leave knowing that that kid have shared so much with you. That's why it is so important to not look at this as "Just a summer vacation" The seed is in your pocket it's up to you to plant so others can water it!"

What keeps you coming back to Camp?

"Being able to positively impact a kid's life for ten days, knowing we share/shared the same struggles!"

KIRSTEN - STAFF 2017-2019

What would you say if you were trying to convince someone to join Camp staff next summer?

"I would say, if you’re looking to challenge yourself but complete the most rewarding experience of your life then Camp is for you. You need a lot of energy, but the young people will definitely help boost your energy and creativity."

What is the community at Camp like?

"Incredible! I have genuinely made best friends for life. The best thing about camp, is walking around dressed like a weirdo and nobody ever questions it!"

What would you say to someone who says you were "just" a camp counselor?

"Camp was one of the hardest, but best things I have ever done in my life. You make a difference to so many young people’s lives and become part of a major experience for them. You will learn things about yourself, and be humbled by other people’s experiences."​

ISELL - FORMER CAMPER & STAFF 2015-2019

In what ways have you grown or learned at Camp? 

"Camp has helped push me out of my comfort zone and turned me into the person (and leader) I am today. It's helped me learn to deal with stress (if you can survive crazy Camp moments you can survive just about anything). I've learned so much about working with kids and conflict management. Camp has also put into my life the most amazing people who have become my support system both in and out of Camp."

What is the community at Camp like?

"There are really no words to adequately describe the Camp community.....A group of strangers who you become insanely close to, will have your back when you need it most, end up learning a lot from, and possibly make you cry at the end of the summer when you have to say goodbye."

What would you say to someone who says you were "just" a camp counselor?

"If you had a child who you were sending off to Camp, would you want someone who was "just" a Camp counselor taking care of them? No. You'd want someone with child development and conflict management skills. Someone you can trust will take care of them and provide them with the emotional support you can't because you're not with them. Someone who will make it their mission for your child to have the time of their life. Someone who understands the fact that you are trusting them with the most valuable thing in your life. You don't want "just" a camp counselor, you want the best."