Tara – Camp HOPE Counselor
Tara is a Camp HOPE counselor and a student at San Diego State University. She aspires to be a Doctor of Psychology and further her education. She is also a survivor of childhood trauma. “I want to be successful…I am not letting what happened in the past affect that.”
Please watch Tara’s story. She is a HOPE Hero!
Misty Rose – Camper
Misty Rose wants to be a Senator. She knows what she wants and how to go about it. Life wasn’t always this clear for Misty Rose. At a very young age, she was separated from her Mom and that lead her down the path of depression. Misty Rose adopted unhealthy coping mechanisms and was hurting herself. Around that time, she started attending Camp HOPE. Her time with other campers, counselors and adults turned her young life around. Please watch her story.
Dalia – Camper
When Dalia first came to Camp HOPE in 2013, she was withdrawn, wore a beanie cap covering her forehead and eyes most of the week, and didn’t make connections like the other campers. But at the end of summer Camp HOPE Reunion Party, Dalia shared that she had a “good time” at camp and wanted to return.
And return she has! Year after year, Camp HOPE America welcomed Dalia and she continued to open up more and more. Dalia began to trust the staff, counselors, and her fellow campers. Now, Dalia is the life of the camp. She is usually front and center, participating in the camp songs and activities with passion and commitment. On her last night of camp this year, Dalia was given a character trait award for Leadership. Her counselors praised her for engaging others, for watching out for her cabin mates, and for her zest for life. It has been truly magical to see her transformation over the years.
Justice – Camper
Justice grew up in a home with trauma and abuse. Early in his time at Camp HOPE America, he learned the violence in his family was the fault of the perpetrator and no one else. He used to blame his Mom for what was happening, but realized that it wasn’t her fault. Justice has attended Camp HOPE for four years and credits his time at camp as the basis for this discovery. Justice now has a positive outlook on life and is looking forward to being a camp counselor in the future.
Daniel – Camper
Daniel is an amazing young man that knows what he wants for his future. Daniel shares why Camp HOPE is so important to him.
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