Traveling has always been something I have wanted to do. Seeing the world from all different perspectives is something that has always appealed to me. This summer, I got to see the world from a much shorter and younger perspective. I was got to travel to Cape Cod and do a month long internship for a summer camp called Camp Mitton. The experience lasted a month, but the influences that it impacted on me will last a long time.
I arrived on August 3rd 2009 at Camp Mitton, with a closed mind and a desire to go home where I was comfortable. Instantly I was greeted by what ended up being one of my closest friends there, Lisa. She told me how excited she was to have me here and how she looked forward to getting to know me. After that, I got to meet all the kids. Knowing this camp was for kids with problems at home like poverty and neglect, and that most of the kids had ADD or ADHD, I was a little nervous and intimidated. There were about 50 kids in all, and instantly I knew that each and every one of them had something special about them. One of my first friends that I made was Robbie. He was an 11 year old who had been coming to camp for a while, but was at first a little nervous. He stood by me, and I stood by him.
Throughout the session, I got to meet and play with each and every kid. As the days went by, I had the most fun I have had in a long time. No matter what we were doing, whether it be swimming, building a fire, eating lunch, or playing capture the flag, we were all having fun. Every day was just a blast; I was constantly laughing and smiling. Everyone there seemed so happy. To see the look on one of the kids face when they got to the top of the climbing wall, or got a letter from mom in the mail, or when they passed the deep end test for the first time, was the best feeling in the world. You could always see the glow and excitement in their face. That is what made my trip change me as a person. Because of moments like those, all the occasional stress, being homesick, or not liking the food was worth it. I would do it forever if I could.
Once I got home from my trip, I realized a few things. I learned the importance of family. The kids taught me that as long as you have people who care about you, and have a positive outlook towards life, then you can be happy and live a fulfilling life. I also learned that life is way too short to be sad all the time, and you should not waste a single minute. This experience also opened my eyes to how fast life goes by. Just yesterday I was little Robbie at camp who loved to run around, and I just loved being a camper. Now I am one of the staff who works on camp, which back then, I could never have imagined doing. The traveling aspect and the experiences I shared with the kids made this trip all worthwhile. Not only do I want to go back to Camp Mitton, I need to, and I will.
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