The summer she finished grade eight, Veronica’s mom told her she received financial assistance from the YMCA to send her to camp. The sibling of four had never thought she would go to something as expensive as camp.
“At first I was skeptical about going to camp for the first time at age 13,” she says. “I thought that I would be much too old, and wouldn't enjoy it." But, she was wrong. “Camp never failed to have an accepting and open environment that welcomed everyone as equals, but also instilled independence and leadership in each individual,” she explains. “Sometimes at school students can encounter bullies and social status rankings, however at camp there was no such thing as status. Somehow everyone seemed at peace and united singing songs around the camp fire.”
Now, years later, tables have turned for the 19-year-old university student. Realizing the impact camp and her counselors had on her, Veronica will be a counselor herself this summer at a YMCA day camp. She couldn’t be more excited to give other kids the same fantastic experience that she had.
“I can truly say that I wouldn't be the same person I am today without having gone to camp.”
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