We are writing this from cabin one of Camp Joy’s river village. As we sit here in the dark with no light but our flashlights and candles we learn how to appreciate the things we have and not take them for granted. This week we hiked miles a day traveling to our cabins, faced our fears on a ropes course 35 feet in the air, jumped off the giant swing, and did some group initiatives where learned to work as an a team- and it is only day two.
Through all of these activities we have learned new skills that we can hold onto and use in our every day lives. At the beginning of the week we were not excited about living in the cabins without running water and electricity but now we see that this experience at Camp Joy “brings out the best in us.” Camp Joy has offered us the opportunity to meet new people and learn how to get along with people who maybe different than us. The coolest part about that is that we not only get along with others while we are here, but we feel free to be ourselves. As one camper said, “I can be me….I can be awesome.”
When we are at home we have a lot of stress from the people in our lives, and in some cases our financial situation. Camp Joy is a place where we can come to take a break from that stress in an environment where we can just have fun. At Camp Joy you know that there is love all around you and you know there are people that care. We love Camp Joy.
The River Village Girls of Cabin 1 – Brenda, Treasure, Stephanie, Maggie, Jessica, Sacha, JSane