Being A Camp Counselor #KidsGetArthritisToo

This year I had the privilege of being a counselor at a camp for kids with juvenile arthritis. It was the top two most rewarding experiences in my life to date. To see a group of kids be in an environment where they could feel normal and forget about their woes was nothing short of great, but seeing the kids grow before my eyes was simply unbelievable. I took this opportunity to heart and made it a goal to offer guidance and empower the 5 young individuals to make the right choices under my watch.

There were laughs, there was yelling, there were tears, at times feelings of defeat. But overall, feelings of pride and joy ruled our cabin group.

Camp Director, Quoc Du and I. We're actually childhood friends.

Camp Director, Quoc Du and I. We're actually childhood friends.

Team: PAC MEN. Cabin: Cottonwood

Team: PAC MEN. Cabin: Cottonwood

Our cabin mantra

Our cabin mantra

PAC MEN name tags

PAC MEN name tags

Snow cones during pool time

Snow cones during pool time

The "No Talent" Talent Show. The highlight of my experience. No one wanted to go up, but in the end, the group put their heads together and combined their individual strengths to form a skit.

The "No Talent" Talent Show. The highlight of my experience. No one wanted to go up, but in the end, the group put their heads together and combined their individual strengths to form a skit.

How do you turn a band of misfits into a rocking unit? Compassion + Respect + Unity

This was an experience I will never forget and one that I hope to build upon for the future... #GRATITUDE

To help give further insight on juvenile arthritis and what camp is like. Here is a previous video shot 2 years prior at Camp Milagros.