It's no secret that camp is a place for love. Many remember an innocent first kiss at a DJ Party, flirting with a crush on the back of the bus, or holding hands by the lake. But love occurs in other ways, at other moments, all over camp. Here's an example:

Once upon a time, there was a chubby kid attending camp for the first time. This child didn't fit the traditional mold. He wasn't your typical athlete (see example above), he wasn't an exceptionally good artist, and he was afraid of heights.

One day his counselor, Brett, told him about auditions for the camp play, "The Jungle Book." He auditioned, and in a stroke of typecasting genius, he got the part of Balloo. 3 weeks later, he was in a speedo, covered in gray house paint, singing "The Bear Necessities" with a mouth full of bananas. The audience roared, the show was a hit, and the kid fell in love.

I still remember the curtain call that day and the hours I spent in the lake trying to wash that paint off. If it weren't for that moment, I wouldn't have researched more into camp, education, and the arts. In other words, I wouldn't be the person I am today.

Stories like this occur every day at camp and futures are made because of it. It's why we do what we do.