Journey’s and Elsie’s Stories
Journey is from New York City. She attended Hive for two years and Aloha for two summers. Journey is excited to be entering Aloha’s leadership program “Club” in 2022. Elsie is from Durham, NH and attended Horizons for one summer, Hive for five years, and Aloha for three. Elsie is looking forward to applying to be on staff at Aloha or Hive in our counselor-in-training program as a “Midi” in 2022.
In a typical year, the Aloha Foundation welcomes nearly 10,000 people into its programs. In this post, Journey and Elsie, two Aloha campers, share perspectives on their passage through our programs. They explore what’s challenged them, what they’re most proud of, how camp has changed them, what makes them want to return, and more.
Equally powerful as the opportunities the Aloha Foundation offers its campers is the mark our campers leave on the organization. Here, Journey and Elsie also share how camp has changed, and can continue to change, to be an even more inclusive and equitable experience for all. We are committed to learning, growing, and adapting alongside the people who join us.
Interview by Andy Hilton, Aloha Foundation staff member and camp parent
Artwork by Emily Zea, former Horizons camper and Aloha counselor