There was a girl who grew up on the streets of Philadelphia and yet managed to spend all of her free time in a tree that her family was fortunate enough to have on their lawn. From that tree grew a love for nature that made her different from her city counterparts. When she received a brochure at 9 years old she was shown a world she belonged in. A world that had life, nature, and fun intertwined.
This was the world of summer camp. At summer camp this girl was able to explore, not just one tree, but acres of land. She was able to become friends with people who didn’t look or act anything like herself. They were people from different economic, racial and religious backgrounds. It taught her that the only thing that matters is how you treat other people. The positive experiences that she had with nature and those people shaped the person she was becoming in such a way that she returned to that camp until she was 18.
Sadly, after the summer of 2005, the summer camp she had grown to love was sold to another owner. This meant that all of her friends and people who had become like family to her were forced to give up their little piece of heaven. This broke the girl’s heart, but it also started a dream. A dream that one day she would be able to give the experiences she had as a camper to other children.