To Our Readers...
Written by Abi Brennan, Karly Weinreb, and Doug Bienstock!

To Our Readers:
It's the end of summer 2009. I'm truly at a loss for words, and if you know me, that's pretty hard to imagine. Campus Kids has meant so much to me over the past 3 years. My summer's here are so unforgettable that I know I will cherish them forever. Being on Team D is very special to me. It combines some of my favorite things in the entire world. Taking pictures, writing, and spending time with campers enjoying themselves every day. This summer especially, I have made so many friends that I will never forget in my entire life. I know that when I'm in my 80's I'm going to be sitting on my computer looking at the website and probably crying as hard as I am right now. It's really a sight to see. In case you were wondering, it's really hard to type while you're crying. I'm so thankful that I was able to be a part of camp this summer. Campus Kids is a home away from home for me and so many other people. I think it's time to wrap things up because I'm pretty sure I'm drowning the keyboard with my sobbing. So I think that I have to leave camp with two of my favorite quotes ever.

"‘Cause this is “see you later,
I’m not into goodbyes."
-Think of You Late, Every Avenue.

"So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart."
-For Good, Wicked.

Thank you for giving me a summer I'll never forget. I love you all!


Well Summer 2009 is officially over. I actually cannot believe that I'm sitting here as we are packing up the office and saying our goodbyes. It feels like just yesterday I was unpacking my stuff from the parking lot and settling in. I can't even begin to describe the influence Campus Kids has had on me, especially these past two years as a staff assistant. This experience has been the most rewarding one of my life so far. For those of you who know me, I am not a crying person at all. I don't remember the last time I actually shed a tear. However, a part of feels like as I drive down Academy Street to go home, those tears might come. It is said that the best things in life are free. Well if that's true than I one upped that adage. I worked on the job, and it was also one of the best things in life. Team D has been an awesome experience, seeing first hand the great work all the counselors do for the kids. So I'd like to thank everyone who has ever worked at Campus Kids for the amazing summers you all have given me and hundreds of other children.

Oh boy. I'm kind of at a loss for words. My tear ducts have fallowed (for now), and as I sit here and think about the passing summer, one thing comes to my mind: laughter. This was my first summer as a Team D staff assistant, and I can't even begin to tell you what a fantastic time I had taking pictures of all of you. At first I felt quite awkward walking up to random campers that I didn't know and saying "oh hey, smile!" But after a while as I got to know you guys, taking pictures of you smiling, laughing, and having a ball in your activities became the highlight of my days here. Every time I see someone laughing, I quickly whip out my camera, point and capture. I actually think it's become a reflex. I'm about to start crying again so I'll wrap it up. I sincerely hope you had the best summer of your life. I know I certainly did. Keep laughing!
By the way, we had 61.5 GB by the end of the summer from all of our pictures. Beat that Lurrie!
This journal is dedicated to Matt Lurrie. After a summer as photo journalists, we can't even begin to understand how you pulled it off all by yourself in the past.