There's a song sung Camp Seymour during summer camp led by legendary Mission Emphasis Director, "Pappy," called We Can Make It Happen. As we move into Annual Campaign season, this song has been stuck in my head, repeating the lyrics, "we can make it happen, we can make it happen if we try" over and over almost constantly.
This lyric is an inspirational reminder of something so simple but so true. We can make a camp experience happen for hundreds of kids this year.
I give to our Annual Campaign because I truly believe in the transformational power of camp. I felt it in myself as a child and as a young summer camp counselor. I see it every day in the eyes of children experiencing something new, whether it's their first time in the forest or their hundredth. Camp provides a place where kids can unabashedly be themselves, a safe space to grow and learn in community with their peers and caring, attentive adults. Many of the children who need this experience the most cannot make it to camp without our help. And that's where we come in.
Any one person alone working towards a goal can only accomplish so much, but it never has the same impact as when we join together to further an amazing cause. 100% of funds raised during this campaign go directly to camper scholarships- financial aid that is applied so any camper can attend without worrying about the cost.
Thank you so much for giving a child the gift of camp!
Assistant Outdoor and Environmental Education Director
YMCA Camp Seymour
Gig Harbor, WA