As I mentioned before, there’s not really much in Frostburg, Maryland, besides Frostburg College. The quiet, recession-changed streets of the tiny town are lined with family-owned restaurants (many boarded up), beautiful but ancient houses, a couple of sad-looking funeral homes, an empty movie theater, and countless stained-glass-windowed old brick churches. It’s surrounded by a collection of other church-filled towns and winding mountain-side roads lined with run-down homes. But what takes place for four weeks every summer on the college campus is something truly amazing, something that changed my life and affected the lives of many others: Camp Hop...
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...n my personal odyssey, Camp Hope was vital in my development as a person because it made me feel as if I could really do something right. Making such a big change in the lives of the people whose house we worked on was both fun and satisfying. It was greatly beneficial for me to feel so cared for by the leaders and the other teens while I was there. Like the lead character in any movie, I have evolved and learned on a number of occasions, but Camp Hope 2009 was definitely the one most important to me. I am such a changed person that it is like I am in a new movie with a different plot and even a different star. I look forward to next July, when I can spend another week fixing up houses and repairing myself as a person. With next year’s Camp Hope as the climax, this new life of mine is one sequel that will definitely be just as good, if not better, than the original.
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