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Review for Hayward La Honda Music Camp, Union City, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This summer, I will be attending camp for the seventh time. When I refer to La Honda Music Camp as "the best place in the world", I am not exaggerating. During the whole year, I look forward to camp and am confident that each time, it will be yet another unforgettable experience. I have met some amazing musicians and people and have made life-long friends and memories. From a musical standpoint, it is amazing to be able to play in ensembles with high schoolers that are just as passionate about music as you are. All the coaches and conductors are extremely encouraging. (by the way...Mr. Gold is my hero! Just had to put that in here somewhere =D ) During the 8 days (used to be 9...so sad :'| ) I feel like I improve more than I could in months of regular school orchestra, and am re-invigorated and inspired to continue pursuing music so avidly throughout the year. But the great, unique thing about La Honda Music Camp that sets it apart is the fact that this is not only a music camp. It's a CAMP. Skit night, cabin bonding, dances, canoes, horseback riding, archery, rock climbing......there's never a dull moment, and it's all just so much FUN. Every year on the last day of camp my friends and I devise a plan to hide somewhere and stay because we know how much we'll miss it. Instead of getting home-sick, I get sick AFTER coming back...we call it "la-honda-sick" ! This will be my last summer where I will be allowed back as a camper (getting too old :/ ) Hopefully I can one day become a counselor and give back to this place that has given so much to me. As said before, best place on Earth.

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

everything I do musically. I have improved so much as a result of this camp. I've also made so many friends.

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

bring Mr. Gomez back =)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the strong sense of community among all the attendees.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring, encouraging, amazing musicians and people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its program to include more campers, more ensembles and electives, and lengthen the duration.

Ways to make it better...

camp would change back, from 8 to 9 days. Or even longer would be better...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

issues with the economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing left to say.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & I was a camper.