Every year we have each staff member write a letter to the group talking about their experience at Camp Allen. This is my letter I wrote to our wonderful group this year. I cannot thank them enough for all the work they put in. I know that our campers were safe, and had the best time of their lives. I hope to see as many as possible next year!
Dear Camp Allen 2015 Staff,
One of the first things I told you was that you will not be the same person in August. When I look at you now it is hard to imagine what you were before. You have grown from being timid and nervous to become caring, loving, and fun individuals. I want to share a story that is quite poignant at this time about our friend and Camp Allen family member George.
George Elliott was once like you all. For the first week he was here we did not know if he was going to make it. He was sure of himself, and he let you know it. That was until he made wonderful connection with Jeff M. Jeff brought George down a peg or two, but it was for the better. From that moment George grew into a wonderful counselor, and later into the best lifeguard we have ever had. George’s life may have been short but the impact he had was monumental. When I asked how many of your campers asked for George, so many of you raised your hand. I only wish George could have seen that.
You all have made that same impact that George made. Long after you leave there will be campers that ask for you, because you made a difference in their life. I cannot express how proud I am of you. It does not matter what position you hold here at camp, you made it possible this summer. Campower, I constantly hear that camp looks better than it ever has and that is down to you. Admin team, you make my life easy knowing that you will work hard to keep campers and staff safe. Day camp staff, as I told you time and time again this summer to me is the best we have ever had in day camp. Campers were safe, engaged, and had the best time of their lives! Counselors, I could not ask for a better group. There were bumps along the road, as there are in any journey, but I can honestly say collectively this is the best group we have ever had. If any of you want to come back you are more than welcome. You have made a huge difference in our campers lives and I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.
I will end with this. Use the skills you learned here to change more peoples lives. What people with disabilities need more than anything is a friend, and a friend is all anyone needs.
Thank you for believing in what we do.