Finding purpose and losing anxiety at teen camp
Let’s face it – it’s just not easy being a young person these days. With all of the expectations leveled at our youth, doesn’t it make sense to give them a chance to catch their breath, and focus on becoming who they want to be? That’s what we’re creating here at Odyssey Teen Camp.
Below is Tia’s story. You may recognize her picture from our staff page. She overcame her nagging anxiety to become a beloved member of our community. We believe you can, too. Here’s here story.
“Before coming to work at OTC, I was living in a small area in NH. I was working at the middle school in my town as an after school counselor with kids ages 9-12. I was very settled in my own group of friends, with a wall as high as the sky built up in front of me to protect myself from anything that was out of my comfort zone. I was also a full time college student majoring in human services, but my gigantic wall of anxiety prevented me from doing well, which lead me to dropping out. I needed a change of scenery. I needed a place where I felt like I had purpose.
On my way to camp, it was 5 hours in the car completely terrified. My mind was going a mile a minute thinking about all the new people I would have to be around and how scary that was for me. When I arrived at camp, I couldn’t find my cabin and even though there was already a good amount of people there, I couldn’t bring myself to ask anybody where I was going. I drove around the camp about 4 times before I found my cabin when I could have easily stopped and asked. That was the kind of person I was before OTC. I was too stubborn to ask for help, too scared to talk to people I didn’t know.
The first week was a little rocky for me, mostly because I kept myself hidden in the background. Honestly, I wanted to go home. After a few days I got a little more comfortable talking to people and actually started to make friends. When campers arrived I got to see so many different types of people coming together, learning together, and growing together.
In the 6 weeks at camp, I witnessed so much love and growth between campers and counselors. Nobody ever had to deal with anything alone. I felt like I was making a difference, and the teens changed me in the best way possible. This camp allows everyone to be everything that they are without fear of judgments. I can’t say that my wall of protection is completely gone, but camp helped knock down the large part that suffocated me.”
We’re so happy you’re breathing easier now, Tia. We can’t wait to see you again this summer!
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