Camp Courage – Bret


Bret as a Camper in 2008

I used to have low self-esteem. YMCA Camp Cormorant changed that for me. It was a place I could just be myself.  I began attending YMCA Camp Cormorant eight years ago with the help of financial assistance available through the YMCA’s Partner of Youth Campaign.  Building relationships with other campers provided me with an environment to open up, meet new friends and realize my potential.

I was very shy, but acting in skits and singing together allowed for me to express myself. As I got older, activities like the ropes course gave me a new sense of confidence. Camp even gave me the confidence to join my school’s speech and debate team, which I have also now become the captain of.

Bret as a Counselor in 2011

After volunteering as a counselor-in-training, I realized I wanted become a counselor to share what I had experienced with other kids.  I was determined to create an impact on the lives of the kids over the course of each week. There was not a day that went by when I didn’t feel a sense of achievement.

YMCA Camp Cormorant has given me the confidence and life skills I need to be even more successful in the future.