Well the two months of camp have passed and guess what? I did it, camp is over and it’s a bittersweet moment. At the beginning I almost thought that I was going to hate this place, but I soon grew to love it and call it a second home. The time was well spent here and I could not imagine it anywhere else. Heart has become a world that I can honestly call home. Through the ups and downs and my struggles of learning, I finally found the rhythm this crazy place holds. It takes you through a roller coaster of rides and honestly finds its way to your heart. I grew to love all the positive and negative sides of camp like the dead heat of July and sleepless siestas, but those happened to be the best still moments that I will always remember. The laughs within my cabin and outside of my cabin will forever be cherished in my mind and soul. These two months have been forever stamped into my life and I’m glad I was able to stop here and embrace the nature, wonders, and memories camp will forever hold.
Being a first term counselor was difficult to adjust, but my love for children just seemed to take over. My open-mind, motivation, and desire to have fun with these kids was the best thing that could have ever happened. As I said before, I thought camp life wasn’t going to be for me, as I am not athletic and not very well coordinated, but camp managed to find its way into my life and I became a counselor. As a child I never went to camp there was no money and yet here I am. I have managed to fit into this large puzzle piece of a family. The Heart is a place where family is established and it grows as the years pass by. This place teaches you to be independent, creates leaders, and establishes a stable beginning to a good future. As a counselor, Heart has helped me grow as an individual, becoming patient with the children through coordination and organizing activities. Infusing myself in the camp environment helped me see what is needed to make this experience for campers better. Waking up at 7:30 in the morning wasn’t a choice but it was the best one to create this learning environment. They are the one and only reason why I have been able to enjoy my time. Their laughter and silly moments make camp so special. They bring this camp to life.
Camp was the longest and shortest two months of my life. I never thought that at this point in my life I would be standing on these grounds. My life decisions have led me all over Texas but this summer, summer of 2016 Terms 1 and 2, I spent it at the Heart. New friends were made, new memories, and new skills were learned. The Heart teaches the mind and also warms the soul. And with that I leave you. This place will always hold a special spot in my heart and who knows maybe I will come back next year?
Oh let me go to the camp I know…