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“Summer camp launched my career”

I came across this wonderful article “Summer camp launched my career” on the Wall of the Save Camp Olave Facebook page. The article is by Andy Barrie who recently retired as the host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning in Toronto.

The article starts with, “I was pushing 60 when, five summers ago, a man who was close to 80 reached into his pocket, pulled out an envelope and said, “I thought I might find you here.” Opening the envelope, I took out the paper that became my career.

We were both at a summer camp reunion in Maine, where I’d first gone to camp as a kid, and where Norm had been a counsellor…

Over those same years, I’ve been repeatedly amazed by how many grown-ups did their most important growing up at camp. Out from under expectations at home (especially the self-fulfilling ones), they blossomed and bloomed into what they otherwise might never have become. Their weeks at summer camp, they’ll tell you, sometimes shaped them as much or more than all the rest of the year combined…

In his book, Last Child in the Woods, Mr. Louv bemoans the disappearance of the natural world from the lives of too many children…Girl Guides’ Ontario Council has announced it will be shutting down 16 of its summer camps…”

The rest of the article is amazing, read it here.

I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did. My hope is that it inspires you to get involved and help save camps.

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