From the Youth
I have been a camper at Growing Up Wild for the past 6 years. I was a counselor-in-training (CIT) this past summer. My experience as a CIT was unique and special. I give credit to the campers and the other counselors that were with me. It was a privilege to be given leadership to work with younger youth and show them different values and life skills. My overall experience helped me mature as a young man and gain a better understanding about myself and others. I hope and look forward to doing it again next summer!!
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"Just wanted to let you know that Elijah had such as great time at camp. It was a growing experience for him, uplifting and purposeful. Thank you."
"My two sons Tomas and Juan attended camp this summer. They had a blast, they really enjoyed all the activities. The really enjoyed being out with nature. They had fun and learned about nature at the same time. They can't wait for next summer to do it again."
"My son had so much fun at camp!!! They do a lot of cool activities with the kids, which I love most. Staff was friendly and communicated with me with any questions promptly through email. Overall, I definitely feel that this camp was a space for him to find his inner strength and build self confidence, which is what I was looking for. I will be bringing him back again next year."
Ismael has been involved with one of my clients for 3 years on and off now through his Growing up Wild Program. The experiences supported by the program have been invaluable to my client. They provided him with a sense of adventure, safety, connection and confidence that are otherwise sorely lacking in his environment.
Ismael has always been eager to help, provide scholarships and communicate about my client's needs, challenges and strengths. He has shown a commitment to not give up and to find ways to encourage and engender success through esteem building solutions to problems.
As a result of these experiences, my client has a better sense of himself, a broader perspective on life and connection to experiences outside of his usual day-to-day life which, I am sure, will serve him well in the years to come.
I'm hopeful that my client can continue in the Growing up Wild program!
-Counselor from Child Mental Health Services