A week exploring the woods will change a child

Story and picture by Tim LaBarge.


The hikes and the games, the trees and bird songs, the forts and the creeks will forever be a part of their memories. On that last day, that flock of kids, wearing their camp t-shirts and their tree-cookie name badges, forms once again and there’s more commotion and chattering.

The feeling has shifted from that first-day nervous talk about the unknown to excited tales of accomplishment. Hugs, high fives and phone numbers are exchanged and for many, the week together has marked the beginning of new friendships.

Lucille Beck sums it up just right: “Some camps have the power to create lifelong friendships. It’s a bonding experience. Quite simply, you had experiences together that were meaningful. It’s the fun you had together that stays with you.”