Working at AHRC New York City camps is a unique experience.
Many of our staff return year after year to continue to support individuals with disabilities and grow within the process. Below are a few staff testimonials from staff who have worked with us in the past:
"The guests and fellow staff I have met these past three months have made my summer the memorable experience it was. I will cherish the friendships, the laughs and the memories forever and for that I am truly grateful."
~ Sarah Peppard
"I miss HOME (camp) so much - being woken up in the middle of the night with guests who can't sleep, so you just sit up with them and laugh, seeing their faces light up because they have enjoyed themselves, and watching them enjoy their last night [of camp]. Saying goodbye is harder than you think."
~ Lauren Lynch
"Deciding to go to camp was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and returning to camp for a second year was not a decision for me, it was a must! I met some of the most amazing people, both counselors and guests. Each sent me home with unforgettable memories. I learned the importance of keeping up motivation no matter how hard things get and also a great amount of compassion for other people."
~ Lauren Smith
"I had no idea how much the experience would change my life. There is something magical about The Lodge and it really is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Not just because of the amazing location in the mountains with the lake, but because of the beautiful people who visit it for vacation every summer. It is truly the guests who make The Lodge as wonderful as it is. They are among the most unique and inspirational people I have ever met."
~ Emily Hirst
"The Lodge is my home away from home. It's my favorite place to be. I get to spend my summer with our amazing guests and make new friends each year. Camp brings out the best in me, I've been fortunate to realize what truly matters in life: quite simply - have fun!"
~ Kim Doek
"Camp has been a part of my life for three summers now, and I can only describe it as a pleasure. I count myself lucky to have worked with the guests that visit The Lodge during the summer months. I have met people there I never knew I would find in this world and have made friends for life."
~ Joe Antcliff
“Camp Anne holds the best memories of all my summers. I will always treasure the memories and friendships that will surely last a lifetime. It is hard work. We don’t get paid much, but we get MUCH more in return.”
~ Sónia Gomes
“This camp has changed me completely. The best thing about this place is that you realize who you really are and what you’re capable of. If you’re afraid of hard work, you’d better stay at home and spend the next summer idling away your time on a beach. If you’re not, if you’re ready to help people who do need your help, you’re welcome.”
~ Dmitry Slavin
“I was scared! - Scared of what was to come - scared of being in a room full of people I didn’t know and who didn’t speak the same language as I. But most of all, I was scared of the bugs! As camp progressed, I realized that compared to most people around me, my concerns were trivial. What was to come was probably the most amazing and eye-opening experience of my life. The large number of people around me became my friends. I developed true friendships that only come through sharing experiences. And as for the bugs… I discovered bug spray!”
~ Sam Simson
“[Camp Anne] gives you lots of opportunities to learn different skills such as leadership, caring for others, working with a team, self-development and confidence. It pushes your ability to the limit."
~ Vicky Northcott
“There’s a lot of passion’ – I found this passion here.”
~ Anna Smirnova
“Lessons were learned, and friendships were formed. Through team work and determination, the campers benefited tremendously.”
~ Rhys Jones
“Camp Anne is not for the weak of heart. You need to be a strong character and be able to live away from home, so if you want to be part of the fun and have a summer of a lifetime, making friends with people from all over the world, Camp Anne is the place for you.”
~ Mario Miceli
“Get ready for rewarding hard work. It will change your view of life and your attitude towards life. I am now much more patient…”
~ Jirî Prokes
“I have realized the importance in seeing the person and forgetting the disability. All of the campers are unique. By spending time with them, you learn to nurture and care for others, You have to put yourself second. It has been fulfilling and memorable.”
~ Sarah Arnold
“The first session was the most exhausting two weeks of my life. I found it hard to describe to the people back home - how much the small victories count, even if it’s just a camper saying your name…”
~ Simon Hall
“[Campers] make me appreciate life more. I have changed a lot over the past 3 months. I care more for people and I came to realize that life is not only about yourself."
~ Brendon Booysen
“At first I wanted my camper to adjust to my way of thinking, to my system, and it frustrated me when they wanted to do what they wanted. Later I realized that their way of thinking and their system is as unique and valuable as everybody else’s, and they live in a highly-structured world where everything they do has a reason. I’m starting to re-evaluate my previous values in life."
~ Sergiy Zadvornyy
“The hardest thing about camp is saying good-bye at the end of the session to the campers."
~ Heather Osborne
“The campers and counselors I have met and worked with have left footprints on my heart making it full of memories. That is always a good change!”
~ Cat Earnshaw