“I had a black camper tell me she had always wanted a black counselor and I was her first. This was something I really hadn’t thought of from a camper’s perspective. Most campers would never be waiting for that moment because they were in a community where who they were was reflected back to them. Not being represented, not having someone in leadership or in a counselor position that looked like her must have been hard. I felt sad and disappointed that there might be other black campers who would never get this moment. It was a huge sense of responsibility knowing I was taking on this role, quite possibly the only time she’d have this experience.

I think, as counselors, we’re there to be role models in the same way that your teachers or your coaches are and when kids don’t feel like their surroundings represent them, that can be difficult.

What does it say about us if we can’t incorporate people from different backgrounds into our camp community? We should be able to bring people together from all different walks of life into our larger camp community, all to positively impact the lives of all of these children.”

—Hive, Counselor, 2019

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