THE TRUST FOR HIDDEN VILLA
April 30, 2010
Summer camp was a new thing for me. In 1998, I went to my first summer camp away from home- Hidden Villa. I did not know what to expect or feel. To make a long story short, I kept coming back. Why? The activities such as goat walks, hikes, milking cows. The people you met-counselors were always supportive, energetic, and glad that campers were there. And finally, to experience a new environment- getting away from the city life, enjoying nature's sounds (coyotes, owls, creek water) and the stars.
Summer camp has been a magnificent experience. I did Resident Camp, Farm and Wilderness, Bay to Sea, and the ACT leadership program.
From 2006 to 2008, I worked for the summer camp in the Day Camp program, meeting new counselors every summer and having fun. The campers were a delight to have and I learned a lot from them too. I also learned about children at that age and about myself. Because of that, I worked as one of the the Day Camp Program Heads in Summer 2009, increasing my experience and knowledge because of the opportunity Hidden Villa has given me.
In the upcoming summer, 2010, I will be one of the program head of the Tipi Camp program. And I keep coming back because of the same reasons listed above. Also, working with the campers is a rewarding experience because they want to be there. I want to provide the same experience I was given so that they will keep continuing to come back and become the next generation of Hidden Villa Summer Camp.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Meeting new people and cultures
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The people I have met have always had a postive impact.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Multi-cultural, good to have conversations with. We learned from each other because of our different backgrounds.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Keep providing a postive impact on kids around the world. Summer camp would never have to fundraise for scholarships again!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & I went to the summer camp from 1998 to 2005. I have worked at Hidden Villa in the summers since 2006.