Thank you once again for a wonderful camp experience.
As you know, Jonathonâs troubles started very early. In kindergarten he was diagnosed with learning disabilities and became very despondent. As a result of a very uncaring psychologist, Jonathonâs self-esteem plummeted and he began to feel that he was stupid and worthless. At the age of 7 he was depressed and so unhappy that he cried every day. School was a nightmare, and we had to physically put him on the bus many times.
When Jonathon decided he would like to go to camp, you met with us and answered all of our questions, showed us photos and a video of the camp.
It was very difficult, I will admit, to send Jonathon to camp that first year. He had never been away from us for so long and I was concerned. After all, he was only 8 years old.
I got a really good feeling at the bus pick-up point. Many of the counselors were there, and we could see that a lot of the kids were anxious to get to camp again. You all made Jonathon very comfortable, and a counselor from his cabin sat with him.
The first few days of camp were difficult for me. I think I called every day, but no one gave me the feeling that I was a bother. I now know, of course, that my concerns about Jonathon feeling lonely or scared were quite unfounded.
Jonathonâs letters were very hard to read due to the nature of his disability, but we could tell he was happy at camp. My favorite letter was the one with the rock in it from an overnight camping trip.
When we picked Jonathon up at the end of the three weeks, I was floored by the changes in him. He literally bounced off the bus! He was happy! After two years of long faces and tears, he was happy! He oozed confidence and he seemed so sure of himself. It was almost too good to be true. When we got home he showed us his academic workbook. Wow! A lot of time and effort
went into his work. I really like the fact that you check with parents and teachers to determine what work needs to be done.
Itâs hard to describe the difference in Jon. He was proud of himself and the things he had done. We were amazed at the list. Archery, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, go-carts, photography, arts