It was amazing to be part of a single mission to love, build confidence, and teach vital life-long lessons to these precious children.
I remember seeing each child grow in confidence in the matter of five days, while also remembering my days as a camper and the transformation I experienced. This camp is an inspiration, not only for the children and their families, but also for the employees…to encourage a group of people to encourage and serve other people to be their best and to show them they are special and loved.
Rebecca Morris Outlaw
This camp has allowed me to impact the lives of children, explore a part of myself that I had never seen, and meet fellow young adults from varying backgrounds. After my sophomore year, I worked as a camp counselor and met a variety of amazing people: show choir directors, Broadway performers, and fellow students. Learning how to work with vastly different people is a skill that I am forever grateful to have learned.
Through Summer Show-Offs, I also learned valuable lessons in how to serve people and meet their needs without expecting anything in return. The directors taught me how to treat campers and parents alike with the same respect and care that I had been treated with for the previous six years (as a camper). As a staff member, I had the responsibility of either making or breaking a child's day through my actions and attitude. I learned how to show love to people half my age that I had known less than a week. Whether I find myself in a room filled with ten nine year olds or ten thirty-nine year olds, I have the confidence and composure to handle myself because of this seven-year journey with Summer Show-Offs.