September 6, 2010
UCLA UniCamp is one of the few unique opportunities that bring UCLA students and alumni of diverse backgrounds and experiences together for one common cause. How else would I have been able to meet and know people outside of my major, my niche, and common interests? When people say the camp is for the kids, they do forget that it is also for the student volunteers. During the weeks of training, programming, and preparation, the volunteers learn qualities about themselves that they might not have been aware of and strength what they do know so that they are prepared to lead the campers up in the mountains. Once you are up at camp and spend a week away from the reality in the city with kids who can learn more about themselves and their abilities in this new environment, by the end of the week, you can see the Woodsey magic happen. The kids, without any previous image attached to them, can surprise you with their insight and challenge you with their behavior.
I have to thank UniCamp for all the experiences of being my first summer camp, of being the one avenue allowing me to grow and help others grow. I've met people outside of my 4 years of college who I had an instant connection because of our common link of being past Woodseys. UniCamp really has been a big part of me. This is why each year, even though I am out of college and in the working world, I continue to share my UniCamp stories with anyone I can.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the campers who I see return to camp in the next year or so, in the volunteers who return year after year, and in myself when I compare where I was when I first heard of UniCamp to now.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
bring more campers up to camp, allow more volunteers to experience the Woodsey magic, expand the current sessions to twice as many, and upgrade the campsite even more!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I was the Alpine Tower Specialist for my three years at camp (Session 2 2007, Summit Blue 2009, Session 1 2010). I encourage the campers to Challenge themselves by Choice when climbing the 50 foot tower and to do so with the metaphorical 50 foot struggles.