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December 1, 2011

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December 1, 2011

When I first started volunteering 9 years ago, I didn't understand the profound effect that a week at camp could have on the campers served by this great organization. Ordinary summer camp experiences like catching a fish, building a birdhouse, riding a horse, climbing a rock wall, or going swimming may well be out of the question for many of our campers - until they spend a week at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp. The Medical Staff, Summer Staff, and volunteers show remarkable resourcefulness so a camper can safely experience all the camp activities that he/she wants. I now have a camper granddaughter who recently summed up her perspective on camp "Everybody here is my friend".

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 21, 2011

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November 21, 2011

I am actually both a former volunteer (10 summers and 14 total years, counting off-season programming) and now a camper parent. Needless to say, my love of camp runs both deep and broad. Others have said many of the things that I might have said--about how camp changes kids' lives, about the excellent medical staff, about how well maintained the beautiful facility is and about how thoughtful and intentional the programming for children is. All I can add is this. I took my five year old to camp this weekend. It had been a bad day in kindergarten. She spent the weekend jumping out of her skin with joy. On Monday morning, she told the parent of one of her classmates that she'd been at camp, and the parent asked her what kind of camp it was. Her answer, "the kind of camp where you're a rock star." And that's the crux of what camp is: the kind of place where after just two days, you're a rock star!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of children I have known, and now in my daughter's life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

build one in every state.

November 21, 2011

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November 21, 2011

I am the parent of a first time camper this year. The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp is unbelievable ! It is very hard to put in words all taht camp has done and given my son. It was a place where he didn't feel out of place . A place where no one stared or pointed . It was a place he could be a kid and do all the things his disease takes from him on a daily basis ! Camp is magical ! They transform kids. If they are shy they leave being outgoing ! The staff is AMAZING ! They know how to ease a mom's fears . I have never let ANYONE manage his disease but camp made me feel comfortable. He made friends that will last a life time.
Camp makes each child feel special and that they can conquer the world. It gave them acceptance . A place where they could just be kids not sick kids. That is a priceless gift ! Camp is a a PRICELESS Gift not only to the children but to their families !

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 21, 2011
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November 21, 2011
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I have volunteered at this year-round camp for seriously ill children as a medical doctor. I find working at the camp very fulfilling and satisfying. The campers are very active. They love to dance at every meal. They develop great friendships with one another and with the staff. With all the adversity these children face in their daily lives, they really value their relationships. They are mature beyond their years because of what they are going through. They appreciate that life is more about relationships than things.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 18, 2011

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March 18, 2011

My first experience with camp was a resident physician in 2003...and I have enjoyed the privilege of volunteering since that time. What I always say about my camp experience is that I started volunteering while still in training so that I might become a better doctor...what I soon realized is that camp not only has made me a better doctor but a better person as well. My experiences at Camp Hole in the Wall serve as a constant reminder of what is good in this world...each volunteer, each staff member, each camper bring energy, compassion and kindness making camp one of the greatest places to be.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a multitude of ways. As a practicing oncologist, I see the benefits daily through the eyes of my patients.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to offer the experience to as many children as possible.

March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011

It had been a long and difficult year of chemotherapy for my seven year old. Then we learned about the Hole in the Wall Gang camp. It turned out to be everything she needed - a place filled with warmth, music, smiles, evenings by the bonfire, friendship, songs, laughter, happiness and love!!! Up until this day my daughter wears her ID bracelet (which used to be purple but now is all faded). She says that means her camp is always near. Her memories of this amazing time do not fade, and she is waiting for the next summer to go back to that wonderful place where children who had to deal with serious illnesses, pain and suffering become happy again! A huge thank you to all those who make it possible!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daughter attending the camp

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is perfect!

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

THITWGC was a place I went to offer... finally I ended up getting sooo much back. Thus I had to go back again and again and again... and every time I had the same feeling: I was always getting back more. THITWGC is a place that brings the best out of everyone: campers, staff and volunteers. I was blessed to have had the camp experience in my life. Now I am 5.000miles away from camp and it has been many years since my last summer there but every single memory is still with me every day of my life helping me in noumerous ways. So... once more... the camp keeps offering me so much more than I have ever had offered. Does that mean that perhaps it's time for me to go back? I send my warmest kisses and thoughts to everyone in CT. Maria, former staff & volunteer (now living in Greece). :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every aspect of my life and in others' lives. It makes the rest of the year worth living while aticipatting going back at camp.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create a new camp in Greece... if only that would be possible some day!!!

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp. It changed my life. Just the first step on campus. You see about the brightest of the brightest smiles all over on these children faces. You find that there are better things in life than just thinking about yourself or worrying about the smaller things in life. When really you could be helping millions of children who just want that normal life like any other kid/teen their age. You could give them that. By giving them that, you could give yourself peace and happiness. Love and Joy. It's changed my life volunteering there as an L.I.T. I was a camper as well. They gave me the most amazing time ever there. I loved giving it back to other children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how amazing it could be, not to only be the camper but to make the camper just as happy as you were. It's helped me see the better in life. How important caring about others can be.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the sessions longer! Definitely make them a few days longer!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More L.I.T. workshops. To help learn the other L.I.T's better.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I met new friends and learned responsibility.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Completely Amazing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 4, 2011

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March 4, 2011

Love this place. Sheer madness and genius. Started as clown, then volunteer who wouldn't leave, I help with galas and fundraisers; I live with the voices of campers in my heart Every Single Day. They touch you in ways you can only experience, not imagine! I've learned so much, and keep learning. The counselors are incredibly gifted; they feed off the kids who "give it right back to you, yeah". Camp has taught me a whole new way to listen to a child, a whole new way to give a rip!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I started there were tiny kids jumping into my heart. Now I go back and am always greeted with a familiar, older face in an older body. Yep, a former Camper once again returns as a crazy Counselor! How's THAT for "give back"? (Nothing is cooler to witness. Nothing.)

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

As long as Paul Newman's vision remains the same, creating a camp for certain kids to Raise a Little Hell (that's no joke), I'd like more Hole in the Wall Camps (and less McDonald's)! I want billions and billions served!

January 3, 2011

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January 3, 2011

Each summer I volunteer for a week as a counselor. Camp is a magical place! It helps restore a sense of normalcy to families whose lives have been turned upside down by serious illness. Quite simply, its a place where kids can come and be just that...kids. The camp staff are among the most dedicated and caring individuals I have ever met and they always find a way to help the children to have a traditional camp experience. At the end of the week the kids said things to me like "I live for this week" and "this was the best week of my life," but what the parents said was even more poignant..."I haven't seen my child smile like this in such a long time" and "you dont know how much this means to find a place that will take my child just the way they are."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the smiles on the children's faces and hearing there laughter. At the end of the week the kids said things to me like "I live for this week" and "this was the best week of my life," but what the parents said was even more poignant..."I haven't seen my child smile like this in such a long time" and "you dont know how much this means to find a place that will take my child just the way they are."

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try and find a way to give more kids the Camp experience.

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