Children are our future, and the skills learned and relationships fostered at so many camps throughout the country are often life-changing stepping stones on the road to adulthood. Children come to camp from all walks of life, eager to learn, yearning to make new friends, ready to take on new challenges and discover gifts they didn't know they had.
I learned that being different doesn't mean that you are bad, because a rainbow can't be only one color.
Camp celebrates diversity and promotes tolerance. It holds a mirror up so children can see, no matter what their color, gender or socioeconomic circumstances, that who they are is beautiful inside and out.
I learned at camp that I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Camp gets kids out in nature. Unplugged from the computer, the videogames, the cell phone, they gain an appreciation for the natural environment and discover the wisdom and fun it has to offer.
It was fun . . . really good and I wish my friends could go because you are learning but at the same time you are having fun.
You can change a child's life today: Make a donation to sponsor a child's camp experience. $0.82 of every dollar you donate to the American Camp Association’ Send a Child to Camp Fund goes to send children to camp across the country.
Throw the doors to a brighter future wide open and help shape the leaders of tomorrow. Send a child to camp today.
For more information on how you can help change a child's life, contact contribute@ACAcamps.org  or 765-342-8456, ext. 308.
Photo courtesy of Cheley Colorado Camps, Estes Park, CO.