During the ceremony, each camper brings a picture of their loved one and, if they wish, say a few words about that person, Cottrell said. The pictures are then placed on a lit memory board, where they remain the entire weekend, she added.
Cottrell said campers often make insightful comments such as, “Mom taught me to be strong” or
“Dad taught me not to drink because he died from drinking.”
“Sometimes kids don’t want to do it,” Cottrell said. “We never make them say anything they don’t want to. The little kids will bring their counselors with them, hold their hand and say, ‘Will you say it?’”
(Above: Lauren Babjak, volunteer, and Sophie Adams, camper)