Camp Builds Confidence - a note from a grateful parent!

Finding My Daughter’s Confidence Letter

I can’t believe my daughter’s five weeks of camp are over. I’ve been waiting to sign her up ever since I learned about the camp last year. It’s exactly the kind of place I would have loved to go to as a kid, and I was so excited to find it for her. 

I have to admit, though - I was a little nervous about sending her. She’s always been terrified of getting hurt, of being dirty, of bugs and sticks, and scratches. She’s always been anxious about new situations and shy with new people; confidence and bravery are characteristics we’ve been working hard to develop. 

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah was the answer to all of that. From the very first day, she’s loved it. Watching her glow these past five weeks has honestly been a highlight of my time as a parent. 

Everyday, she comes home walking a little taller, more confident in herself and her abilities. She proudly tells me about the hard things she overcame that day, what she learned, and about her variety of new friends. Even the way she speaks has changed - it’s like she’s grown up overnight.  

Last week, my husband and I stayed for breakfast and sat at the window so we could spy on her. I didn’t even recognize the kid I saw running between friends, tackling counselors, and giving hugs. When we saw they were gathering to sing, we snuck outside to watch. Her group was on stage for the “Bungalow” song, and when it was her turn, she stepped out - without hesitation - and shouted the words and danced. You guys, I cry every time I think about it. This is the level of confidence I have dreamed of for my daughter, and you all gave it to her. 

All of this is to say, THANK YOU. We were worried about sending her to Kindergarten - but after 5 weeks with you, I know that she can do anything - and more importantly, she knows it too. I could never have imagined how incredible these five weeks would be for her - for all of us, really. You’ve given us so much - thank you. 

With love and gratitude-

A camp parent