An Opportunity to “feel the same as everyone else” can impact a life.
When Ben Woodcock was a child, he grew up without his father in his life. He grew up in a home with a mother who worked to provide the necessities of life with very little left over. In fact, activities such as sports and going out with friends to events and movies were not part of his life. Not until he was provided with an opportunity to participate in the Bar None Summer Camp program.
The Fredericton Community Foundation provided the camp with a grant to support a number of youth in attending the summer camp. Ben was one of the children who benefited from the sponsorship and admits that camp gave him the opportunity to meet some positive male influences that are still involved in his life today.
Ben also had an opportunity to meet lots of people around his age and do things like boating, biking, archery, fishing, etc. without having to feel different. “Bar None gave me the opportunity to feel the same as everyone else and participate in whatever I wanted,” he said.
Ben is just one of the many campers whose life has been positively influenced by Bar None Camp. Since the experience was so positive for him, last year, Ben gave half of his summer to help out as a counselor at the camp and is planning on returning again this summer. He will be helping his campers to grow in confidence, to set goals, to find self worth, and will be encouraging them to strive for success. These are all areas Ben has grown in during his time at Bar None and will continue to grow in for years to come.
Laura Lyons and Adam Lewis
Bar None Camp Directors 2012