Some of my fondest summertime memories are those of days at camp. The thought of an entire week away from home was both exciting and scary.
Little did I know that time spent with friends, enjoying wonderful camp activities, would also serve to teach me responsibility, leadership and yes, even entrepreneurship!
Did you attend camp when you were younger?
What are some of your favorite summer camp memories?
I want to take time to introduce our blog community to a specific camp that is dear to me. Dear to me because several of our Laurieanna’s staff volunteer there each summer. Dear to me because of the amazing work this specialty camp does with kids. And, because I know your amazing spirit, I believe it will become dear to you too!
Camp El Tesoro De La Vida, spanish for "the treasure of life", is a week-long grief recovery camp for kids ages 6 – 17 who have suffered the death of a loved one----a father, a mother, a sibling.
Kids spend the week doing all of those fun things we did at camp (horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, etc.), plus they participate in structured group counseling sessions led by licensed therapists.
El Tesoro De La Vida is celebrating its 25th year this summer. Since words are just not adequate to describe the amazing impact this camp has on kids, watch the video below to see and hear about it from campers and volunteers. It's an amazingly touching video, so be sure to keep some tissue handy.
Did you recognize Denis in the video? This summer marks his 20th year as a De La Vida volunteer, and his 17th as the Volunteer Camp Director.
Our own Tracy and Debbie serve in volunteer leadership roles as well. Denis, Tracy and Debbie, all in the photo above, leave for camp this Friday, July 27.
Please join me in wishing them a successful week ahead and thank them for taking a week out of their busy schedules to make a difference in a child's life.
And to also extend a Happy 25th Anniversary to Camp El Tesoro De La Vida!