Amelia* is an 11-year-old girl who has a Learning Disability, ADHD, bedwetting issues and an anxiety disorder. It was her first summer at camp and she was extremely anxious.
Over the past few years, she
had pulled out of every “after school” program and summer camp
because she was too overwhelmed by the social environment and was
being bullied. It took her a bit of time to settle in, but Amelia really
thrived with the structured environment at Camp Kirk and nurturing
approach of the counselors.
As her anxiety lessened, Amelia started
taking opportunities presented to her at camp to dance, sing, play
music, and to just be a well-loved member of her cabin group. The
small successes that came from participation in everyday camp life
really helped boost Amelia’s self-esteem and we started to see a very
charismatic and outgoing girl.
We discovered that she has an
incredible talent with music & dance, and it was a highlight for
Amelia, her parents, and the staff to see her perform in front of
whole camp by the end of the session.
* Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals and their families.