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campers served each summer
of our counselors are former campers
campers served since 2011
of our campers return for two or more summers
of campers showed increased self-management, self-confidence, social, or team-work skills after 12 days at Steve’s Camp*
of campers said they had more self-confidence after their summer at Steve’s Camp**
of campers felt a stronger connection to nature**

*Based on camper survey measuring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Youth Development (PYD) outcomes

**Campers’ responses to our end-of-summer survey

Camper Stories

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Camper turned Counselor

Bronx, NY

“The moment I got off the bus, I was like ‘Oh my gosh. I’m in love with this place.’ The natural and raw environment felt so peaceful and spacious. Your thoughts are able to be set free, your worries are able to be let go, and your stress is able to be set aside. For me, I was able to enjoy myself and find who I really am.”

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Tati Mwezi

Camper to Program Director

Bronx, NY

“It feels like a full circle, especially now. I was a camper, and then I became a counselor-in-training, then a counselor, and now a program director. I’m also able to watch someone who was my camper become a counselor. Now, she’s an activities director. She now has people who she’s felt like she helped raise. She always says to me, ‘You helped me. Camp helped raise me.’ This is the process—people continue to come back every year, and they continue to grow and develop leadership wise. It feels really rewarding to still be here after 12 years.”

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