When I click my heels, I'm really hoping i'll end up at camp. As cliche as it may sound camp can be a magical place for so many kids! It is a place where they can go and enter a space that is judgment free, virtually impossible to find in the "real world". Free to express themselves and be who the truly are. A place to grow and to be nurtured into the people they want and are truly meant to be, which in every case is someone truly beautiful. I have been going to camp every summer since I was in the 4th grade. As a camper every single year the drive into camp was filled with anticipation, excitement, joy and hope of another beautiful week at YMCA Camp Ernst. I was never let down. Camp has become my home away from home, and I can't imagine my life without it. I would not be the person I am today if I was not afforded the opportunity to go back year after year. Now today as a counselor nothing has changed except for one thing. I now want to do everything in my power to ensure as many kids as possible are able to experience the wonder filled place that is Camp Ernst. Many kids can't afford to go to camp and that is a shame. Fortunately, YMCA Camp Ernst has a Camper Scholarship Program. Every year we help children from families struggling financially to come to camp. Every child deserves to go to camp at least once. Not only to have the time of their lives, but to start to discover who they are and what they can become! Camp is a truly special place and with your donations another kid will have the chance to experience it. My wish is for every child to be able to attend camp and find the love, family, and sense of self I have found. This is a crucial first step. Help change a child's life, help them find their home away from home.