The relationships I’ve formed at camp enrich my life on a daily basis. I was able to make friends with people from around the world, who I would never have crossed paths with otherwise. I met my wife at camp, and we grew up in different states. Camp has truly given me the most important things in my life.
As a new parent, I feel like I’ve been prepared for this job from my years at camp as a camper and counselor. Being a camp counselor in my younger years was a trial run for learning how raise a child. I was also pleased to be around adult figures at camp who demonstrated and modeled the type of person I wanted to grow into.
Being at camp I learned how to be myself. I learned what aspects of my at home life were integral to who I was, and what was not. From little things, like the type of music I listened to, or what kind of clothes I wanted to wear, to more important things like learning how to be a leader and what my true values are.
Camp is where you learn how to be “you”. Having the freedom to be away from family, friends and expectations allows children to truly learn who they are, and who they want to be.
Along with independence, learning from adults and older kids creates an invaluable experience in a child’s life. The immersive experience that is camp allows you to explore new avenues and inspirations that would usually never come your way.
Camp is fun and worry-free. Children deal with more issues in life than they’re supposed to, from school bullies to economic hardships, to marital issues between their parents, and so much more. Camp is an escape to the most fun times of one’s life.
Going to camp is the absolute best thing that ever happened to me. I’m so lucky to have been able to go to Camp Monroe as a kid. My mother would not have been able to afford to send my brothers and I to camp – I am so fortunate that the kindness of our owner enabled that to happen. My wife, son, best friends, and career are a direct result of my time at camp.