Wednesday, July 24, 2013

ERC summer camps are amazing

    I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to volunteer at one of the ERC summer camps and I am totally amazed.
    The camp was just awesome. I was there the last night of a five-day camp and the kids were having the best time.   When I arrived, they had just gotten back from a day in the field. In the field, they had gone on a hike, done experiments and learned about nature. The kids even packed their own lunches to bring.  After a brief rest, they were out playing games in small groups. Next came dinner, after which they learned about the constellations, the moon, observed a laser show, and then had a campfire complete with s’mores, singing and funny skits.  Finally, they slept out in a field to study the stars!
    I witnessed camp counselors the kids loved who totally understand summer camp. I observed children, some on their first nights away from home, learning to be independent, smiling and being excited in the mountains.  This was a summer camp the way I remember it as a kid. One quote from a camper: “This camp was the best and I am coming back next year!”
    I can’t wait to volunteer at the next one.
Scott Slonim
Sun Valley

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