Camp Harbor View Alumni: Ayjah & Brianna

“…Camp gave us scholarships so that we were able to further our education, so we could grow,”

For sisters Ayjah and Brianna, camp is family, and this family means everything to them. They rely on the ever-expanding network of staffers and campers they have come to know and love over the years—people who are there for each other no matter what. The girls weren’t so sure about camp at first, but it didn’t take long for them to be captivated, and to quickly realize what a “magical place” it was. “Camp had a huge impact on us,” says Ayjah. “The people we met when we were 13 are now our best friends. You come here thinking that these people are only going to be in your life for a summer, and the reality is they’re in your life forever.” Ayjah and Brianna say that whenever they needed something, their camp family was there. A few years ago, their mother lost her job just as the girls were starting college. “It’s hard to afford college. Camp gave us scholarships so that we were able to further our education, so we could grow— not only as individuals, but also as strong young women. We are able to make the best of what we have because of what camp has provided for us.” Camp has given them deep and abiding friendships and joy in abundance. They call it their unfailing support system. Every summer they tell young campers what being a member of the camp family means: No matter what choices you make in life.

Ivan 

“Camp helped me open up and find different ways to express myself, and who it is I’m supposed to be.”
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Mariana

“Camp made everything possible. Without camp, I don’t know where I would be. It’s that simple.”
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Ayjah & Brianna 

“…Camp gave us scholarships so that we were able to further our education, so we could grow,”
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Alejandro 

“I never would have gotten better without camp. There’s no way I can thank them enough.”
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Malika & Mike Williams 

“I don’t have to hold his hand anymore…He’s made his own way,”
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Jamal Grant 

“…what makes Camp Harbor View unique is how it has transformed the lives of myself and others,”
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