I was initially drawn to the idea of working for City Camp for a variety of reasons. Chief among these reasons was that I thought that spending the summer working with children in the Philadelphia area would be both rewarding and fairly easy. I was half-right. Working at City Camp this summer was anything but easy. Waking up early and using public transportation in the sweltering July heat is hardly anyone’s ideal summer, but it was worth it. Each day came with its own unique set of challenges, mostly in the form of unruly campers, but it was worth it. I can say confidently that coming home every day, emotionally, physically, and mentally drained was worth it. Having the chance to interact with and, hopefully, change the lives of literally hundreds of children was a rewarding experience, to say the very least. This label seems like quite an understatement in hindsight, since the children that I had the pleasure of meeting and working with will always be in my heart.
Service is, without a doubt, a two-way street. In the beginning of the summer, I had no idea how much I would learn and grow by trying to help others do the same. I can only hope that I made some kind of difference in the lives of the children that I interacted with at City Camp, and the lives of the men and women that I had the fortune of working with. However, I can say with certainty that they had a tremendous impact on myself. Words cannot quite do justice to the experience that City Camp offers to its campers and staff alike. All that I can say is that it must be experienced firsthand.