“I never would have gotten better without camp. There’s no way I can thank them enough.”
Alejandro started coming to camp when he was 12, and he loved it. He made a lot of new friends, and when he had the chance to become an LIT, he jumped at it. “I enjoy making other people happy,” he says, “and making sure they’re having a good time. Just being good to others is something I really enjoy.” Unfortunately, towards the end of his first session as an LIT, things became difficult at home. Over the next few years, Alejandro endured many hardships, including the death of several friends and family members, and he battled depression. Camp and the happiness he felt there seemed out of reach, so he was overjoyed when he began to hear from fellow staffers. “I kept thinking of camp, because it was like family to me. They cared so much, knew what I needed and were willing to be there for me. One day, he got a call from camp. “They said, ‘We want you back.’ That meant the world to me after being away for so long. It meant everything. I never would have gotten better without camp. There’s no way I can thank them enough.” The best medicine, he says, was being able to focus on other people and to inspire them to make changes in their lives. He believes that making people happy is the most powerful medicine there is. Grateful for the chance to inspire younger campers, Alejandro is eager to pass on the powerful, transformative lessons he has learned. And there is no doubt he will.