You are all part of Emy’s story…
Emy, our oldest, went to sibling camp for the first time this year and she had a blast! Emy is the kind of kid where you send her upstairs with a fresh pair of socks to put on before we leave, and she’ll come down in a random costume and carrying a book—and not wearing socks! So, we really didn’t know how she would do on her own, but she made fast friends and loved every minute.
We felt so good sending her for her first camp experience, and the staff were flexible and understanding. Emy really likes to read before bed and would prefer to sleep with the light on, so her counsellors set up a little area where she could read and keep a light on in bed. On the second night, another kid asked if they could bunk together and Emy agreed, because it’s what she wanted too but didn’t ask. No questions, no fuss. And Emy did the polar bear plunge every morning which is startling, to say the least. We did not expect that!
As parents, we also knew that Emy would be with other kids who had experienced very upsetting events that they had no control over. These are all kids with some fragility, and they don’t even have to talk about it. They just understand each other and it’s such a precious gift. We could not be more grateful or effusively happy about our experiences with Campfire Circle. Every single person who makes any donation at all is part of the story, part of Emy’s story. We’re just so grateful.
—The Routh Family