To Camp Joy at age six through sophomore year in college – camper, Core Camper,
Leader in Training, Counselor in Training, Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor
It’s a magical place, Tierra notes: “I grew up in the inner city and worried
about violence daily – Camp Joy was a worry-free escape from fear.
Everyone made my twin, Cierra, and I feel comfortable. We loved the spirit of the
Camp! We wanted to be involved and stay involved.
Really made it our business to get to the Boys and Girls Club early to sign up for Joy
each summer. We always went to Camp the first week of the season.
Readily comfortable making friends there. No price can be placed on an inner city
child having a place where one is loved, cherished, encouraged to succeed!
A plethora of skills we learned, which help us both flourish in our Fortune 500
Company jobs today.
Among those skills are: public speaking, leading projects for more than 20 people,
delegating and organizing, how to get along with other counselors/leaders,
Learning how to mediate disputes and learning how to co-exist with, understand
and work side-by-side with cultures other than our own.
Elliot Blodgett, Kevin Hackman and Amy Thompson believed in us and gave us
their time and energy. They built leadership skills in us starting at age 12!
Xtra mile is what they went for us! We will never forget them! Because of their
example, I believe in the people I manage and want them to succeed!
Amy Thompson was the reason we got to be in all the programs we were in – she
found resources to enable us to go to Camp. She changed our lives.
Now I want to build in the people that I manage on my job, the very same gift that
Camp Joy built in me, which is HOPE!
Dance team is one of my favorite Camp memories. We learned a dance each week
and showcased it to the campers at the end of the week. It was so much fun!
Each week we ended the Camp week with the “Stars in the Sky” song reminding us
to remember good Camp memories if we had a bad day. I loved that!
Really enjoyed working as a counselor with the older teens. Cierra preferred the
seventh and eighth graders. We loved our campers and being counselors!
We are both successful college graduates. We know, and are grateful for the fact,
our lives would have been totally different if not for mom and Camp Joy.
A time in the future – if I get rich – I would like to donate a very large amount of
money to Camp Joy, in return for giving me/us so very, very much!
Dare say we not only survived, but also thrived due to our mom and Camp Joy!
Cierra has a child and I am pregnant. We are/will be passing on each and
Every skill we learned at Joy to our own children, and to all whose lives we touch.”
And so it seems…Camp Joy is the gift that just keeps on giving…and in the case of twins, Tierra and Cierra…with “double” dividends!