7/2/15 - Camp Allen day 5
Today we had an especially busy morning. We got up extra early since we had to put the finishing touches on all of our projects as well as see all of the campers off.
As we finished up our building work, it was amazing to look back and see the huge list of projects we were able to get done. We got more things done than we expected, even with the weather coatings us about a day and a half of work time.
We also leveled, edged, and re graveled the trail through the sensory garden that the 2014 team made last year, but I didn't get any good pictures of it after it was done.
Seeing the the campers off was a bittersweet experience. It was very clear that we had made a difference in their camp experience, And I think they made even more of an impact on us During our time there. When we were giving some of the campers hugs goodbye and they were saying how much they didn't want to leave camp or how they couldn't wait to see us next year, I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up a little.
Seeing how the few days we've gotten to spend here at camp Allen have made such a difference on us, the campers, the staff, and the camp itself, I'm more excited than ever to keep doing what we're doing over the next five weeks. Any doubts any of us had going into this trip have gone right out the window.
Tonight we are staying at Kelly and Sue Stacy's home just outside of Boston. Their son did the Journey of Hope a few years ago, and they were so amazed by the event and the guys doing it that they actually worked to create the parent support crew role for the organization just so that they could continue to be a big part of our program. Needless to say they have spoiled us with delicious food, excellent lodging, and laundry facilities (truly a godsend). Our team couldn't be more thankful for their support and love for us, and we can't wait to see them again at arrival in DC. We're now all refreshed and ready to begin our journey to Wisconsin tomorrow.
- Ryker Belnap