Summer Camps 2018
Looking back at this year’s summer camps, it’s hard to believe they are already over. We saw many familiar faces aa well as some new ones. Both camps exceeded previous years in the amount of signups that were received. Among the newcomers, we had many life skills program clients, and a few long-distance campers who joined us. The opportunities to make new friends were in abundance. As our client Eva said, “We were like one big happy family.”
The time we spent together created new bonds and strengthened old ones. Throughout the week, we had many group activities like a 100 foot slip and slide, water games, archery, horseback riding, dance parties (planned and spontaneous), and many more! The fun had no end until Friday came along when the buses pulled into the parking lot to take us home.
Along with our many big group activities there were ample times for memorable camper/counselor moments. Returning counselor, Judie, remarked, “Working at ICAN you think you know clients. But then you spend a week with them where you are able to grow in knowledge of what they like, what you have in common, and have experiences together creating memories. Camp allows friendships to grow and then you take it down the mountain with you.” By the end of the week, we could see each client’s transformation as they had spent their time trying new things and enjoying themselves.
Making sure that camp cultivates an environment to grow friendships is a crucial goal for our clients. There are a few ways that this has been made possible, but a huge ‘thank you’ goes out to our generous donors. Our clients, who would otherwise not be able to go to camp, were given the opportunity through our scholarship program provided by these individual sponsors. This year we were able to grant 14 scholarships. New camper Evynn said that she wanted to return to camp next year because she “love(d) [her] counselor, was able to meet new people, and make better friendships at camp.” A special thank you to the Walker Horton Scholarship Fund for all that is done for our camps and our clients through it.
Camp is a special time for campers and counselors alike. New counselor Elane explains it this way, “There is a welcoming feeling that overwhelms you, from both clients and counselors that you never knew.” Next year we hope to welcome many more new clients and counselors. We hope to see you there!