Latisha’s story

Latisha

16 year old Latisha says Moorelands Wilderness Camp changed her life. “If I had my way, every inner-city Toronto kid would go to Moorelands Wilderness Camp!”

“I’ve been going to Moorelands camp since I was 9 years old. I’m almost seventeen now and the kids and Counsellors are like a second family to me. At camp, you’re given the chance to work things out with people. In the Skills and Leadership Training program (S.A.L.T) you get to do things like canoe trips, rock climbing, cliff diving, really challenging stuff. You learn to work as a team and you learn about anger management, something I had a bit of a problem with. You learn that there are steps to take before getting angry. I learned not to yell, that there are other options. I guess you learn how to communicate properly. I learned to open up and the kids around me saw that and opened up too.”

“There are plenty of opportunities to get into trouble in the city – drugs, gangs, crime, it’s everywhere. Moorelands taught me that there is an alternative. I feel good about myself and where I’m going and I owe so much of that to Moorelands. There’s no way we could have afforded to go away to camp, it has made such a positive impact on my life.”

“Moorelands is much more than summer camp. I stay connected with my friends from camp all year round. We share a common experience, we’re all making the best of what we have and we’re staying out of trouble!”

Christmas Sharing gives Moorelands the chance to re-connect with the kids we meet every summer – to catch up, to support them and to share their dreams and goals. Thank you for making Christmas Sharing possible by adopting Latisha and her family this Christmas.