Bradley: It’s like a family reunion.
“It was beautiful week,” said Bradley’s mother, Amy. “We’ve been going for many years with other families in Cabin 6. It’s like a family reunion. Great friendships have been made and we get together at other times over the year. All the kids love it because they have friends from camp who they want to meet up with. It makes it really nice.”
The families have been going for so long and have such a good time together that when the cabin counselor came in to introduce herself, Amy asked, “Did you get warned about us? You might want to ask around!”
Amy really appreciates the good nature of the counselors and that they have fun while working hard. “So much of what goes on at camp depends on the counselors,” she continued. “They take on a lot of responsibility and work so hard and do such a good job to be sure campers are doing everything they want to do.”
Bradley knows a lot of the staff and other campers and he particularly enjoys the social opportunities camp provides. It’s his week to enjoy the company and camaraderie of people he knows well. He also loves boating, fishing and relaxing in the tree house.
While Bradley is busy doing activities, Amy gets to relax as well. It’s an important week for her to have some respite from being Bradley’s primary caregiver.
“The benefits are immeasurable,” she said.
This year, her brother joined them for the full week. “I was watching the week happen through him. I remember how my first week at camp I was blown away and I think that’s what happened with him. It was really fun watching him. He loves Bradley so much and will do anything for him. He’s so good with kids and the campers were all talking with him. Seeing how much this week meant to the campers brought it all home for him. That was the highlight of my week.”