Hi my name is Savannah Soles and this summer will be my 14th year attending YMCA Camp High Harbour. If it had not been for camp, I would be a completely different person today.
When I drove through the High Harbour gates for the first time on Opening Day of summer 2006, I could not help but be excited, yet a little nervous for what a week away from my parents had in store for me. My counselors instantly made me feel welcomed. During the week my counselors made it the best week of my life by serving and loving me. As the week came to a close, I was sad to have to leave camp, but could not wait for next summer. As each summer went by, I had even more fun than the year before. As my time as a camper grew to an end, I could not wait to be a part of the Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) so that I could give back to camp what it had given to me. This is when I began to learn about myself and what helped me grow into the person I am today.
Serving in the ALA Program as an ALC, a LIT, and a staff member has helped shape me into the person I am today. Camp High Harbour has taught me many life lessons. Camp is where I found my confidence. Camp is where I learned how to be responsible and respectful. Camp is where I learned to be a servant leader. Camp is where I made friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp is my home away from home.
This summer I still have the opportunity to continue serving camp as a Program Director over the LIT program Sessions 1-9. As Camp High Harbour continues to grow and serve more children, we need help. This summer we are seeking to serve 721 children in 2020 through our annual “Y” campaign. With the generosity of others, this campaign allows children who do not have the financial resources to attend YMCA Camp High Harbour. As a charitable non-profit organization, the Y relies on the donations of those who believe in our mission.
Will you please consider joining me and others to allow kids to be given the chance to have the same camp experience I did? Your gift is greatly appreciated and will impact the lives of those that enter through the camp gates.