Going to Costa Rica was one of the most enriching opportunities I have ever been awarded. What could be better than spending two weeks with your best camp friends in a great place like Costa Rica? The trip proved to be so much more than a vacation, as I could say that it truly changed my life.
I have to admit I was a little anxious about working with Costa Rican children because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to connect with them on a personal level even though I do know a fair amount of Spanish. I was very wrong. While these children were definitely in need of a place like camp where they could be themselves, they were very much the same young adults that my friends and I are. They were very friendly and easy to relate too. To this day I have kept in touch with some of the kids I met there because they have become my friends. They also unintentionally taught me some very valuable life lessons.
These kids were extremely appreciative for everything that we as a group of teenagers did for them. In addition, they were very respectful when it came to listening to instructions and playing different games with us. This taught me and all my fellow Owegans that we need to be thankful for the great things we have in life like Lake Owego Camp because many kids are not afforded the same great opportunities that we are given. Also, the kids taught me that everyone can make a difference in someone’s life no matter how big or small that difference is.
There aren’t many chances in life where you can become a better person amongst your best friends in the world. Because of that, I suggest that every Lake Owego camper who has the opportunity to go on this trip does, as it will turn you into a better person after the experience and hopefully, you will keep a place in your heart for that trip as I do right now.
L.J. Horowitz is a 17 year old kid who came to Lake Owego at an old age of 14, four summers ago. Even though he came late, he has a deep passion for LOC, and cannot wait to come back as a counselor next summer!