"I wanted to write a short letter thanking you for the positive influence you have been on my son.
It wasn’t so easy getting him there the first year. We watched all the great videos on your web site and he thought it looked like camp might be fun, but I had to promise him that he wouldn’t have to do arts and crafts. He came home that year with the award for best pottery.
Now my son loves Camp Kirk. His room is adorned with years of mementos (arts and crafts). He has even saved all of his outgrown t-shirts.
He raves about the food and how good it is. Which usually upsets his brother because the food at his camp isn’t so great. He always talks about the variety and all the great desserts. Last year he came home excited about bacon and yogurt together. I am sure that was him and his friends doing and not the chef’s.
Speaking of friends, he has made a more than a few of those as well. Not only the campers but staff also. I remember once we ran into a young man at a movie that my son ran up to as if he was a long lost friend. They chatted for awhile and after he left I asked if he was one of his cabin staff. He said, “No mom, that’s the laundry guy. He’s the best.”
However, all of that is not why I am writing this letter. I had struggled with behavioural challenges with my son for many years. Since he started going to Camp Kirk those challenges have lessened every year. I am sure that camp is not the only reason for the improvement, but I do know it plays a big part.
His desire to spent more time at Camp Kirk has inspired him to get a job delivering papers. He has saved every dime so that he can help me pay for camp. As well, he volunteers at the local Boys and Girls Club, so that he can practice being an LIT.
He hopes to one day be a councillor at Camp Kirk. All the while he is coming home with the best report cards he has ever had. I don’t want to jinx it, but also I can’t remember the last time I got a call from the school over some behavioural issue.
In short, I love Camp Kirk also.
Please keep up the great work!"
Parents tell us what they think about their Camp Kirk experience
- Her self esteem sky-rocketed!
- He has changed in so many positive ways from that 10-day experience. He is confident and believes in his worth
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- He became a more outgoing kid and tried all kinds of new adventures
- He's seeing his own success and pride in something new
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- My only wish is that we had found you guys several years ago
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- He went away with a low self-esteem and came back with a courage I have never seen before
- It’s a place where kids are embraced and welcomed into an accepting friendly environment
- I couldn't ask for a more positive experience
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- Camp Kirk understands the delicate balance needed between coaching and developing independence
- Camp Kirk has played a huge part in helping Reggan become the productive and able person that she is becoming
- The camp was able to meet his dietary, medical and social needs
- He realized the companionship and fun he had been missing in all the other activities we had ever enrolled him in
- His time at camp and with you have given him the tools that he needed to find the confidence and compassion for life
- The counsellors and staff have consistently been amazing. I hear stories about them for weeks, even months after my son gets home
- The confidence he built from those years at Camp made all the difference in the world
- Every year we are thoroughly impressed with the quality of the counselors both in terms of enthusiasm and caring
- The activities are great - from the ropes course, to the rock wall, Bucky-Mucky swamp, archery, crafts - and don't miss the canoe trips
- I had struggled with behavioural challenges with my son for many years. Since he started going to Camp Kirk those challenges have lessened every year
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