Camp Counselor

We believe that it is our similarities that make us strong, but our differences that make us stronger. Please tell us about a relationship that you have with someone who is different from you and how that has changed who you are today.

The day I turned twelve, I got my babysitting certification. I started as a mother’s helper within days and eventually began babysitting various families around my neighborhood. After that, I graduated to teaching piano lessons, volunteering at local kids’ organizations, and more. Despite having occasional doubts about my abilities in other areas, I knew one thing for sure: I connected well with kids, and didn’t think anything could change that. So when I had the opportunity to work as a camp counselor, I didn’t think it would be a challenge. But my years of prior experience proved to have no bearing on this new challenge: a young boy named Chase.

Chase. In an instant, he could light up any room with his sparkling personality and bright smile, or make you flinch in fear as he stood with his hand clenched into a fist, lifted as if about to strike. At just seven years old, Chase had experienced more hardships than any adult should have to manage: divorced parents, a dangerous living location, poverty, violent surroundings, and more. On top of that, he was also being treated for cancer. That’s how I met Chase.

Horizon Day Camp is a non-profit member of the Sunrise Association that provides a free summer camp for children with...

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