Signs of Hope Camp taught me a lot about gratitude and the power of a positive mindset. I learned I have so many blessings in my life that I take for granted. So many of the kids I worked with have to deal with so much at such a young age, but despite all the challenges and obstacles they have had to face they continue to smile and play to their hearts content. It’s so inspiring to see how even in difficult situations, these kids remain resilient and don’t let anything weigh them down. Sometimes even children can be our greatest teachers.
One camper was having a really hard time due to some hard issues she was facing at home. She was kind of emotional about it multiple times, but a few of the other campers in our cabin were very understanding and could relate. They made sure to comfort her as best they could and shared their own experiences with their parents or in foster care and it made for a very bonding moment. It was beautiful to see the relationships and bonds that were built out of one week together.