by Mary Macias I was feeling overwhelmed. I didn’t know how I could meet all the end-of-school-year demands — and if you have kids, you know there are plenty of them — and be the best wife, mom and professional I could be. As I was making my “immediate to-do list” and my “for later…
A place where kids can be kids.
Foopath summer camp is much more than swimming, boating, hiking, s’mores.
Kids – many of whom have never spent a night in an outdoor environment – develop valuable life skills. They learn how to work as a team, find their personal strenghts, form friendships and gain new perspectives on life. They also build courage and resiliency, which lays the foundation for success.
Footpath covers all the costs of camp, from camp fees to sleeping bags to toiletries.
Here are just a few of the comments from our campers:
“I found out I was good at rock climbing.”
“I learned I was nice and can meet people.”
“I learned how to be more reasonable and use my own resources.”
“I learned that being on your phone is not fun.”
“I learned I can swim.”
“I learned how to meet new friends.”
“I learned not to be scared to do something new.”
“I’m a braver person.”
“Camp made me friendlier.”
“Camp made me want to go outside more.”
In addition to gaining skills, these kids can truly be kids at camp. Many children coming from under-served communities do not feel completely carefree on a consistent basis. They are often taking care of family members, worrying about their family’s finances or feeling stressed about their futures. At camp they temporarily let go of their pressures of life and feel safe and at peace.
This is something every child should feel on a regular basis. It can genuinely change how the child sees the world – and can help guide them through tough times.