Kat Pearson, our Utopian Coordinator, is back for her third summer at Camp Jewell. She spent time at various camps as a kid, but it wasn’t until she came to Jewell as a counselor that she found a camp that felt like home.
I grew up going to various sleep away camps and always loved the spirit and feeling that summer camp brought, but I never found one camp in particular where I really felt at home. When I started working at Camp Jewell in the summer of 2011 I knew it was a place where I wanted to stick around. Being from Virginia and working 7 hours away was daunting at first, but I was immediately welcomed and made to feel at home.
I quickly figured out the routine of camp and had the best summer experience as the swimming PC and a counselor in the Nit Nois village. At the end of a session I got a note from one of my campers saying she hated the woods before she came to camp, but after two weeks here she had changed her mind about spending time outdoors. It made me reflect on the impact I’d had on her and how rewarding it felt to know that I was able to be that much of an influence on her life.
I keep coming back to camp because it’s filled with amazing people and I really enjoy meeting people from so many different backgrounds. I never feel insecure or excluded or out of place here; instead I feel a sense of home even though it’s so far away from where I live.
One thing I’ve learned at camp that I want to pass onto you is this: don’t sell yourself short. Always reach for something that might not seem attainable. Here at camp, there will always be someone there to help you do it even if you don’t think you can. And my message specifically for the Utops is this: be strong and independent women. We’ve got ourselves and that’s all we need, our sisterhood.