I met my four best friends at camp – one of who I met on the 1st day of camp 21 years ago! We are still best friends to this day – they all know me inside and out and accept me for who I am. I was very shy as a child, and summer camp and my friends had a big part in helping me come out of my shell. Living among camp friends creates a different kind of friendship, one that is like family that lasts a lifetime.
FINDING MY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
I was (and still am) very un-athletic. I learned at camp that you don’t have to be good at something to enjoy it. While I discovered my strengths at participating in other activities, I also grew to enjoy participating in sports at camp with my friends. That’s because camp friends make everything fun. I became a very spirited camper, which I swear helped improve my athletic ability!
My memories from camp are experiences that I’ll never forget. Even simple memories like hanging out in the bunk with my friends have helped shaped who I am today. I have so many happy memories from camp – as an adult it is amazing to look back and realize these memories go hand in hand with the independence, confidence, and growth that I learned at camp.
BONDS OF CAMP FRIENDS
I hope SCOPE campers experience the joy and love that comes along with making friends at camp. It’s a different type of friendship when you live among your peers and it is those friendships that last a lifetime.
DISCONNECT TO CONNECT
Camp is different from the “real world” – I hope that campers everywhere get the feeling of “letting your hair down” even if your hair is in a pony tail! There’s so much going on in the world and with technology and social media it’s important for kids to be kids in an age-appropriate setting without phones, TV, and video games!
I think camp can help prepare kids for college – i.e living away from your parents in group/dorm settings and learning to feel independent and confident away from home life. Every child deserves a chance to be set up for success. Camp provides a safe environment for kids to go out of their comfort zone and take risks.
I met my best friends at camp – our friendships have withstood the tests of time and distance and it’s great to have friends that know me so well. Every child deserves that. The confidence that I learned at camp has helped me succeed both in college and in life and has led me to do really cool and adventurous things like teaching abroad for two years! Camp is a big part of who I am today and I think it’s important to pay it forward.