This will be my eighth summer at YMCA Camp Ernst and I can honestly say that each year has brought me new memories, friends, and abilities. I can’t pin-point one exact moment that has made camp so special to me. It has been a collaboration of moments like seeing the Chapel by the Lake filled with candlelight for the first time, watching my crazy counselors sing and dance around the dining hall, and, as a counselor, seeing the spark in my camper’s eye after finally passing her swim test. These moments, plus so many more, are ones that I will cherish forever.
Amid all of the fun activities, camp has given me so much more. It has given me confidence, compassion, and the best support system. Camp and the people who encompass it have lit a light inside of me that I want to share with everyone.
Money should not stand in the way of a Camp Ernst experience. For one week, it costs $595 to send a child to camp; therefore I set that as my goal for this campaign. As we sing at the end of every week, “I do believe I will remember this place for a long, long time.” Please join me in helping a camper in need so they, too, can remember Camp Ernst and their experience here forever.