KEEN Connects: The effect of camps on growing up

I remember three distinct moments from my five summers at camp. I was 11 during my first summer, new to the camp experience and ready for adventure. At the end of the two weeks, I was on the top of a slab of rock I’d been struggling to climb for days, my grin beaming out across the Pocono woods, my new friends celebrating below. I did not know it then, but learning to climb kick-started a passion that still impacts my life today. When I was 13, I spent two weeks learning to kayak. Driving in the vans to a new paddling location, singing along to the Indigo Girls, I fostered deep respect and admiration for my two counselors. Age and Salty demonstrated a love for teaching, a passion for the out

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