There were new friends made, old friends hugged, games ending in scrapped knees and smiles, masterpieces sculpted in the arts and crafts room, tired cabin counselors that stayed up way too late talking and laughing with one another; that’s right, it was another Camp Rise n’ Shine on the hallowed shores of Lake Wanatchee. When campers arrived, they were greeted with cheers and applause by all of their favorite (and soon-to-be favorite) counselors. The week only got better as it was filled with dancing, crafts, fishing, archery, learnings about nature and compassion for one another, and so much more. Camp is a special time of year at IYP as it brings together friends and family in a loving, supportive atmosphere. For many, the summer camp experience was and is a special place where new skills were learned and good friends were made; even if those experiences are taken for granted the camper can always look back upon them fondly. However, not everyone gets to look upon their summers fondly. Some kids are kept at arm’s length by their peers because of the difficult circumstances they face everyday in their lives. Others simply cannot afford the kind of overnight camp experience that is integral to the childhood of so many. Kids and counselors can count on a safe place to live and have the kind of unforgettable summer experiences their peers take for granted. This is why Camp Rise n’ Shine has been so very special for so many years.