Why We Exist
“…As a result of her (camp participant) exceptionally positive experiences with the leaders and the mix of cultural learning embodied in fun activities, our granddaughter has not identified with the pervasive, destructive alternatives which she was familiar with her early years. Rather, she has become a happier more self-confident person, with high personal standards and a strong pride in her personal identity. She is thrilled to have friends as well as to know the leaders and volunteers, who are either of Aboriginal heritage and/or people who practice the values of respect and caring for all life. It has been an eye-opener for her to see the leaders setting and attaining personal goals and interacting in their positive life-affirming manner both as a team, with the elders, and with the children and youth in the camps.
…Ghost River Rediscovery has made such a positive impact on our 15 year old granddaughter that her ambition is to become a leader with them. When I asked her, what Ghost River Rediscovery meant to her, she said “Role models who do what they love and share it with us, good friends, loving nature and the outdoors, great food, the leaders who always have funny stories, the learning about your own courage and inner strength from solo.” Our granddaughter is already counting down the months until summer camp.
Over the years, our financial circumstances have dictated that sometimes we couldn’t afford to pay the full fees for camp, and our granddaughter was anxious that she may not be able to attend. However, thankfully, with the generous support of funders, the Ghost River subsidy was available to help.
Thank-you for taking the time to read this letter. We pray for the leaders who truly make a positive difference, as well, that this life saving work will continue.
(Guardians of Wolf camp participant)