As a kid, summer camp meant the world to me. I idolized my counselors, spent valuable time in nature, easily made new friends (some that have lasted into my adulthood), and always felt I had a safe space to grow and be myself. I started working as a camp counselor as soon as I could to help provide that experience for other. When I graduated college, I knew that camp was something I was not ready to leave. This brought me to a career in outdoor education and led me to YMCA Camp Seymour.
This is my third year as a naturalist at Camp Seymour. Last year our OEE team led over 9,000 students in hands-on science classes, outdoor recreation classes, team building games, and personal growth activities. Every week I help students step into their growth zone by teaching them to canoe, carefully handle reptiles, explore the forest, and spend two nights away from home for the first time.
A few weeks ago, I was leading a 2.5 hr forest class for students who have spent little to no time in the forest. They kept saying "I didn't realize this would be so nice." When I asked them if they thought they would want to hike more now that they've done this, they didn't even realize that what we were doing was considered hiking. They said it was a lot easier and more beautiful than they expected.
While every student benefits from a outdoor education experience, the ones who need it the most often have trouble affording it. That I why I give and campaign for YMCA Camp Seymour. Join me in helping students get to camp where our incredible staff can give them an outdoor education and camping experience they deserve.
For a better us.™
Thank you again for your generous contribution to the Y.