For 5 consecutive summers since I was 11 years old I attended summer camp at Windsor Mountain International. I can honestly say it has been one of the most life changing experiences up until now.
After overcoming my homesickness the 1st summer I spent there, I couldn’t express to you how much I wished to be back during the summer season. It felt like home. I gained so much self confidence, independence, and just truly grew as an individual. I learned to take risks and step out of my comfort zone, first as an ordinary camper, and second as an LIT (Leader in Training). As an LIT you need to be chosen because this group of campers partake in leadership roles, which is where I learned to use these skills and influence others to do the same.
Speaking about my entire experience at Windsor Mountain, I can remember every aspect of it being as close as it can get to perfect.
First, everybody staff at the camp meaning counselors,directors, cooks, nurses are all truly a community of wonderful people who devote their entire summers to making every campers’ experience an exceptional one. I met so many great people that at times it felt like everyone there was my family. The environment is always filled with so much positivity which is why I feel like other campers can identify with it being a open and welcoming place for everyone.
Second, everything I experienced there was like nothing I had before. I had the opportunity of immersing myself in taking part of activities I never thought would interest me, like archery, rock climbing, sailing, and even played a couple sports. My favorite of all was the ropes course when we had the opportunity to go zip lining upside down! Another very interesting thing was that because the camp was an international one, there were many campers from all over the globe that attended. Deaf kids were also allowed to be a part of this experience because there were interpreters that would assist them during daily activities, and i just found that to be great.
If you’re reading this now then it’s probably too late for you all to be campers, but if you have any younger siblings, friends or family members I strongly encourage you all to inform them about this summer camp.