The rapidity with which these campers form friendships is a testament to the magic of camp. While sitting in the Pottery Studio, eating breakfast together, creeping through the woods during Predator vs. Prey—one of GRP’s more iconic evening programs—or exploring the woods on a morning hike, campers are finding connection and commonalities, learning about one another, and experiencing together the wonder of constant and joyful discovery, of learning new and astounding things, and of having the space to be the person you are.
At GRP, these friendships often last a lifetime, and we as staff, too, experience the same wonderful sense of connection with the campers who become a part of this community and home. The children who pass through the Preserve each summer amaze us, and we feel grateful to be in a position to know the children here, to witness their growth and discovery, and to laugh alongside them as they revel in silliness, in beauty, in adventure, and in friendship with one another.
Story by Katherine Poore & Photos by Brandon S. Marshall