Dear Camp Staff.
Our girls, Mary Kate and Sarah B******* just returned from your camp on Saturday. Not unlike the other kids who attended your camp, our girls had a wonderful time. This is important for Mary Kate cried and pleaded for us not to send her to camp; she was so afraid that no one would want to play with her since she is deaf and none of her deaf friends could attend with her.
On Monday morning she relunctantly climbed aboard the 7th grade bus and sobbed that she would be all alone and that when she took off her cochlear implant in the pool no one would know how to communicate with her. We reminded her that God had bigger plans for her and if she missed this opportunity it may hinder other bigger and broader plans that He had for her future.
When we picked Mary Kate and her sister on Saturday, they were weary, but were all smiles. They told of sillyness, long nights, early mornings, responsibility, games, renewed spirituality and new-found friends. Before they left for camp we asked them to write down and report back stories of their favorite thing, the worst thing, the most unexpected moment and whether they would ever go back. Not surprisingly, there was no worst thing, everything was favorite and they can hardly wait to go back.
Thank you for letting our girls be a part of your camp. They have been truly blessed by this experience in ways that even now we cannot yet see.
Mary and John B********