Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Let It Go" as rewritten by Samantha, The Journey Continues 2015

"The branches sway on the mountains today
Not a human to be found
Two hours into my solo
And I'm starting to find me.
The river flowing like the blood that's in my veins
I don't know how to feel
Will I be the same?
Just keep it in
Don't let them see
Be the person I think I'm s'posed to be.
Conceal, don't feel
Don't let it show
But why not grow?
Let it go, let it go
Learn the power that I wield
Let it go, let it go
What's the point of a useless shield?
I don't care what the world might want
Let the river flow
The silence echos through the trees into the ground
My soul is spiraling in trees and bushes all around
And now I'm seeing that whole world from where I stand
I'm never going back
This is who I am
Let it go, let it go
And I'll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
My fear is finally gone
I don't care what the world might want
Let the river flow
This solo ain't too bad after all."

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Thank-you Letter to Donors, Coming of Age for Boys "Isaac"

Thank you for not putting your money in stocks or bonds or gold but in the next generation of American youths. Your donation towards this life-changing trip has made me go from a needy boy into a motivated young man ready to embrace the responsibilities left for me by past generations. Global warming, economic collapse, water shortage, and energy crisis are the problems that lie looming in our world's future. It is only because of programs like these that young people are given the tools to combat and eradicate these problems. By donating to Journeys, you are shaping young men who will in turn shape the world.

Isabel Yueh, Call to Adventure 2015

This camp is one of the camps where you instantly make friends in the car ride over, and your friendships strengthen over all the hardships and troubles and experiences that every person in the group experience. One of my favorite moments was when we found a dead crow and decided to bury it in the sand. We all worked together and made an amazing grave. We didn't even know this crow or how it died, but we felt like it was the right thing to do. At the same time we said good bye to the beach and all the animals on the beach.

This camp experience has changed my future, and I am definitely going back next year. I will never forget my friends that I made on this trip. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sit Spot Poem, Becoming a Young Woman 2015 "Delaney"

Listen closely and you will feel,
no longer hearing through your ears, but by your heart.
You must understand their circumstances
before understanding their story.

Listen closely and you will feel them inside of you.