FROM THE PARENTS OF A FIRST TIME CAMPER, AGE 7
Our son, Stephen, started his first week at Camp Combe Y this week. I am writing to tell you that my husband and I have been moved to tears of joy each day when he comes home telling us about his experience. We had heard so many wonderful things about Camp Combe Y, but we didn’t realize how truly special it would be for him. The focus on the positive has allowed him to feel so good about himself. Unfortunately, Stephen came from a camp where he lost extra snack for not knowing enough sports trivia and where the kids who made good choices never got any attention. Needless to say, you guys came into his little world at the time when he needed it the most and for that we are just so grateful.
It also seems we hit the jackpot having James as his counselor. James sure is wise beyond his years when it comes to knowing how to work with kids. He has made Stephen feel so welcome without being overwhelming or smothering. From what Stephen tells me, James is fun, cool, kind, smart and energetic – a true positive role model to a 7 year old boy!
The camp activities promote creativity, teamwork, imagination and respect for nature. In the safe environment you guys have created, Stephen is willing to try new things. The bead system you have is so unique and truly brilliant – wearing a constant reminder of all the positive things they have done! Stephen wears it proudly day and night!
I also had the pleasure of interacting with Dorothy because I was concerned about how Stephen would feel about starting a new camp after his negative experience at his first camp. It turned out I had nothing to worry about, but Dorothy really helped put me at ease and it is so nice to know that you have people designated to help those kids who might need just a little extra support to be successful. I shared with Dorothy that Stephen had stopped swimming at his old camp because kids were being inappropriate at changing time, so she and James took the time to show Stephen the changing area at Camp Combe before swimming so he would not be anxious about it. That was such a great idea!
Thank you for everything you do to make the camp such a special place. Everyone there seems to genuinely love what they do and I realize that comes from having a Director, Davey Hennessey, who supports them! We are so lucky we found Camp Combe Y and can’t wait for Stephen to attend for many more weeks next summer and hopefully for years to come. He already said he wants to be like James one day and be a counselor there – after only three days!
Stephen’s Mom and Dad
(Names have been changed for anonymity.)