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We are back into the swing of things at school, but I didn't want the summer to go by without letting you know what a great time ______ had at Campus Kids. She made some really nice friends and had a lot of fun! . . . She also really loved her counselors, who seemed to have a lot of great energy and a positive outlook on life. _______ got to try some new activities like squash, fencing and ukulele. She watched fencing at the Olympics and hopes to participate in her school club! . . . She also enjoyed being in the talent shows, plays and helping back stage. Most of all, she felt comfortable and safe at camp. Every time we spoke to her she was upbeat and excited to share something about her day. It was great for all of us. I'll admit that the weekends were hard at times because she was exhausted from the week...But it was all good. . . . She will definitely be back this summer.  We look forward to seeing you at the camp reunion. Thanks for everything! (parent of a 10-year-old girl)

I wanted to thank you for taking great care of _____ this summer. He told us that he felt so welcomed  and had a great time at camp. For us  it is so great to hear how he feels like family there. (parent of 15-year-old boy) 
Another wonderful summer is coming to a close for our son at CK.  Over the past two summers, _____ really blossomed and has become quite self-confident.  I know that his time at CK has contributed greatly to his enhanced sense of self and I wish to thank you for providing not only a wonderful place for our "little boy" to have fun, but a safe haven of self-discovery.  See you next year!!  
(parent of a 13-year-old boy)
Can't believe camp has come to an end - not just for this year but for good for _____.  It's really been a great experience for her and I thank you for providing such an outstanding summer experience for these kids. She's made some great life long friends as well.  I know CK will be around for a long time (since I recommend it to everyone who wants their kid to have a sleep away experience) and I wish you continued success.  (parent of 15-year-old girl)
 Looks like you are enjoying yourself at Campus Kids already -- love all the website pictures!  We wanted to say "thank you" to you and the other Directors , the activity coordinators, and to our kids' counselors for an amazing first week of camp.  _______(Grade 6  Boys) had a terrific first week (and first sleep away experience) .  We could not have asked for it to go better - so a HUGE thank you to his counselors and everyone for that.  He adjusted well, has made lots of friends, loves it, and wants to come back next year : )  ________ (Grade 9 Girls) -- being as shy as she is--(ha!) seems to officially know every person in the camp.  She will probably be looking to take over your job in a couple of years!  She LOVES her counselors this year, the girls in her group are all very close and do everything together, and she thinks all the CK staff are "awesome".  She is having an amazing time this summer.  Thank You for taking care of our children and for this great growing experience for them.  We appreciate it so much.  (parent of 11-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl)
The kids have thoroughly enjoyed their experience and have created memories that will last for many years to come!  Thanks for all you and your staff do in running an amazing program!  (parent of three campers: 9 to 14 years old)

I am writing to let you know what a wonderful time ______ had at camp this summer.  We "tried out" two weeks to see if it fit, and he would have extended in a heartbeat if we hadn't made other plans for these weeks.  He had gone to a sleep away camp for a few years that he was never thrilled with (in fact, unhappy with!), so I was concerned going into Campus Kids that he would have the same reaction.  It was the exact opposite reaction and we were so thrilled!!  He said all the things a parent wants to hear after a camp experience:  the counselors and kids were great, the food plentiful and delicious, the activities fun and varied.  He even said it gave him a huge confidence boost!!  (As we know, an almost 14 year old kid needs those often and they can't always come from mom!!!)
So, we can't thank you enough for creating such a safe, secure, nurturing and fun camp for teenagers to attend!!  We will be enrolling for next summer for 4 weeks at least!   (parent of a 13-year-old boy)

I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and all of your staff for enabling _______ to have an amazing 2 weeks at your camp.  As you may remember, this was _____'s first experience at sleepaway camp and my husband and I were very concerned if he would be able to manage it.  Not only did he manage it, but he has come home very excited about your camp and about the experience.  This is such a huge accomplishment for _____. He tried new activities and ate new foods, and slept away from home--what a huge achievement! We are so appreciative of the nuturing and encouragement that your staff gave to him and wanted to express our warmest THANK YOU!
(parent of a 13-year-old boy)

 I just want you to know a little bit about my daughter's camp experience this summer.  She absolutely didn't want to go to sleep away camp this summer.  Every time we brought up the subject she voiced her strong opinion about not going.  Well, fast forward to the present.   She wants to go for 6 weeks next summer!  She has met many great friends and says its one of the best experiences of her life!  Great Job!!   (parent of an 11-year-old girl)
The next week is going to be very tough for ______ as he winds down his stay at Campus Kids.  I can't tell you what a special place it has been for him over the years.  He will be feeling the positive impact from his life at CK for years to come.  (parent of a 15-year-old boy)
Just wanted to send you our heartfelt thanks again for everything you & your staff did to help _______.  We cannot express to you how grateful we are.  She was beaming with pride when she came off the bus today - Everyone at Campus Kids has truly made a difference in her life!  (parent of a 12-year-old girl)
I just wanted to take this moment to say Thank You for making our son's summer so special.  He came off the campus kids bus on Friday and said "last night was the best night of my life!".  He has been on a high about his experience this summer at camp ever since and he keeps remembering fun stories to share with me.  During one of the first phone calls that we had while he was at camp I asked him how he liked the boys in his bunk. He said ,"They are all great!!  They are all nice and we all get along.  Oh yeah, my counselors are AWESOME!".  As a mom, I can't imagine hearing anything better than that!  
(parent of a 15-year-old boy)
 I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the staff for making ______'s first sleepaway  camp experience so successful.  Prior to camp he never had a successful sleepover - even at a friend's house.  This experience was great for his self esteem.  He also had a great time and enjoyed the many activities - I think he tried everything (except yoga) !  I too was most impressed with the way the camp is run, the responsiveness of the staff, the quality of the activities and the facilities.   (parent of an 11-year-old boy)
We just want to offer our thanks for making this another memorable year for _____.    As you know this was his fourth summer at Campus Kids and maybe his best yet.   He has always matured dramatically at camp (emotionally and socially), probably even more so than during his 10 months in school.  This year was no different. . . . He came home on weekends full of stories and excitement.  He loved the opportunities that camp offered to showcase his talents.   It's as if Campus Kids has a secret potion for self-esteem.  He has become confident and comfortable with his own individuality.  (parents of a 14-year-old boy)
I wanted to drop a note to say Thank You for another great summer. ______ has never felt more comfortable, or happy anywhere else...She has made great friends, probably learned a lot of good life lessons and will have a lifetime of memories from camp. I remember meeting you the first time and being "nervous" about sending her to "sleep away." You put my fears at ease and it was the best thing I had ever been talked into.. Your staff has been wonderful throughout the years, which adds to the fantastic experience _____ had..I'm sure you get many of these letters from parents, but I am very thankful, that ______ had a "2nd Home" to look forward to going to every summer.  (parent of a 15-year-old girl)
Thank you for giving _____ the opportunity to have a fantastic time at CK.  He came home with the "I can't believe camp is over" blues.  Some of his specific comments were how great the kids were, he loved the activities, he loved the Weekend Adventures, he loved the staff.  I think you get the theme.  He continues to comment on how much his swim instructor helped him.  He had so much more confidence in the water when we were at our cousin's lake house this past week. . . . I think you run an excellent camp.  When we feel _____ is happy and safe, we're happy.  So thank you from all of us. (parent of a 13-year-old boy)
 I just wanted you to know what a wonderful experience my daughter had at camp.  As a parent, I am grateful for your friendly, encouraging staff and how well the camp is run.  It is extremely organized and easy to communicate with. Thank you.
(parent of a 12-year-old girl)
 _____ had a wonderful summer!  I thank you for keeping him busy and engaged in something other than video games!  (parent of a 13-year-old boy)
 Hard to believe the summer is almost over.  My girls are having a great summer (I think!)  They stopped calling me at night and I am only taking that as a great sign.  Of course, I haven't heard a word about _______'s weekend adventure (3 nights in a tent and no complaints - that's pretty good) .. and how did anyone get _____ to be in a play (even if only for 1 minute as she tells me) is pretty amazing!  (parents of 13-year-old and 15-year-old girls)
My girls are both enjoying your camp.  Our little _____ is excited about Campstock, she is into dance, and _____ likes the older girl activity time.   Both girls like yoga, tie dye, jewelry making, gymnastics, guitar, the food, canteen, etc, and most important, they are happy personally and socially, and feeling good. 
 (parent of 12-year-old and 14-year-old girls) 
Our daughter will be graduating from college in a few months and we still look back on Campus Kids as one of the major highlights and turning points in her development.  (parents of a former camper)
Just got off the phone with my boys and I have NEVER heard them so excited!!!  They talked and talked and talked some more and their excitement was infectious.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  _____ and _____ love their friends, love their counselors and are having a great time.  You and your staff are amazing.  You have perfected the art of camping!!!  With heartfelt gratitude, 
(parent of 13 and 14-year-old boys)
Just a note to let you know how thrilled we are that _______has settled in and how very happy he is at camp.  Speaking with him for the past two evenings made us feel that not only do we love Campus Kids, but he truly does too.  He can't wait to return on Monday!  When (the division leader) called us the first day, we felt so comfortable that the camp was committed to making this experience for ______ the very best.  I thank his counselors for working so hard to accomplish this goal.  Every parent wants the best for their child.  I believe Campus Kids was the best choice for our son!  Thank you for directing a terrific program.  (parent of 12-year-old boy)
 I can't tell you how thrilled my husband and I are with _______'s camp experience this summer at CK.  Her counselors are amazing and she is having her best summer ever.  You have no idea how much it means to us to have a camp like CK to send our daughter to.  It is such a wonderful experience to have your child away, learning to be independent yet in such a warm loving environment.  You are ALWAYS 100% there for your campers and their parents as well.  (parent of 11-year-old girl)
I want to tell you how much my son _____ is enjoying your camp.  He had many years of day camp and last year he was not too happy 3 weeks away at ________ Camp.  He is so happy at Campus Kids.  Every night like clockwork, he calls at 9:55 and at first I thought that was not a good idea, but he just "checks in", tells me about his day, and then says he is busy and has to go!  Fantastic.  On the weekends, he shows all his relatives at our house, all the pictures of camp on the website and points out all the ones of himself.  He is having a wonderful time.  Thank you. 
(parent of 12-year-old boy)
Just a quick email to tell you how much _____is enjoying her camp adventure! I am delighted to hear her speak  so enthusiastically about the activities, the staff and her fellow campers. Thank you for providing such a wonderful experience for her--full of fun and accomplishment and kindness.  The camp theme of "respect" has resonated most profoundly. We are so happy and grateful that ______ could be part of the Campus kids NJ family this summer.  (parent of 10-year-old girl)
My daughter was a new camper this year.  She was there for the first 2 weeks what a wonderful time she had.  When she gets the camp newsletter her whole face lights up.  We look forward to sending her back this summer for 6 weeks and she's looking forward to the reunion. 
(parent of an 11-year-old girl)
Let me take the time now to thank you for having such an excellent program.  As you know this is our girls' first year and they had so much fun and made a whole lot of new friends.  They had a wonderful experience and your staff is top notch.  I was very impressed with everything you guys do there.  You are organized and I felt very safe with my children there.   (parent of 8 and 11-year-old girls)
I want to thank you all for the terrific summer that our son is having so far.  He has been having a truly wonderful camp experience and is happy and even told me that he's sorry he didn't go to sleep away camp sooner.  He and his room-mate are getting along famously and he just doesn't have enough good things to say about his camp experience.  I want to thank you all for the great job that you're doing in providing our son with, as he said to me this morning on the way to the bus, "this is my best summer so far in my life!"  For our son, who does not often say much, you can only imagine how thrilled we feel.  Thank you all so much. (parents of 14-year-old boy)
What I like best about Campus Kids is my daughter's total and complete comfort level and happiness.  She tells everyone about what a fantastic, wonderful, super, great camp she goes to in the summer.  She is so very happy there and she has grown in so many ways as a result of going to a sleep-away camp.  Everything from the food, activities, counselors, campers, nurses, directors to the bus ride-it is all simply the best.  I think the bunk group meetings are very helpful to each of the campers.  I know at night when she would call home, it was so important for her to quickly talk because she had to get to her meeting.  She enjoyed them and contributed her thoughts when asked.  What I found fascinating was that after the first two weeks when campers left and new campers started she was sad that the new campers were shy and different from the ones that had just gone home.  I told her to give them time and to help them along because she had been there for two weeks already by the next night or so, they were all good friends, talking and having fun.  It is a wonderful experience and I would recommend Campus Kids to any child or parent.  It is beneficial for the child and the parent-we both grow.  Campus Kids is a secure, comfortable and happy environment that any child would adapt nicely.  On another note, there is such a sense of camaraderie among the counselors, campers and camp personnel.  The bonding and respect which forms between the counselors and campers is very special.  You have done a fine job selecting each counselor and my daughter speaks highly of all the counselors at camp.  Great job, fabulous camp and many thanks for making our children feel so special and secure at CK. 
(parent of a 10-year-old girl)
I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful experience you have given both my girls. The passage of time is mind boggling!  They have incredible memories and have made lasting friendships. You run your camp as if the kids were your own and I always felt like the Campus Kids environment was like visiting a relative! (one that you like!!!)  (parent of alumni campers)
I wanted to thank you for yet another wonderful summer.  When I saw ______ get off the bus today, filled with such emotion, I just had to write.  There's really something special going on there and I'm so pleased that my boys have been able to be a part of it for all of these years.  Thanks so much for all that you do! 
(parent of a 15-year-old boy and a former camper)
Thanks again for a wonderful summer- what a difference I see in _____- he is so independent, caring and listens when I say " Lights out" I no longer have the struggle with him at bed time and I attribute that  to Campus Kids!! Thank you, we are all looking forward to next year! 
(parent of 9-year-old boy)

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