For children and teens in the HIV/AIDS program words don’t give justice to the “spirit” of camp. You sense it in the beginning with the circle of hello, and feel it deep in your heart at the end of camp in the tear-filled goodbyes. It weaves itself through each meal, every friendship bracelet, and the late-night cabin talks. Spirit cannot be photographed. But, if you gaze deep into the eyes of campers and counselors, you will undoubtedly find it.
Creating a balance between traditional camp experiences plus character building and physical challenges enables Inspire Youth Project to meet the needs of the campers’ varying ages (5-15) and interests. This balance creates a conducive environment and supports campers in exceeding their personal goals, learning new skills, and exploring new, formative experiences. Canoeing, archery, swimming, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, S’mores, and a Polar Bear swim are some of the many activities available. Junior counselors, who are older teens ages 16-18, and volunteer counselors and staff join in and lead many of these activities.
Spending a week at summer camp in a rustic cabin with a child, who has never spent enough time in one place to call home, says “I don’t want to leave; this is my real family.” In the shadows they carry with them, campers remember the brightness of the day, the acceptance, and love. Each summer they return.
One week of summer day camp for our youngest children from therapeutic day care. Fun filled days exploring and enjoying traditional day camp activities. For those children who are enrolled in the Inspire Youth Project. For additional information contact Julie Wheaton (Julie@inspireyouthproject.com) or call 206-628-8949 Ext 211